UNC Charlotte is the second most highly diverse institution in the UNC system. Diversity is one of the top priorities of the Health Psychology Ph.D. Program and of the University. Fostering diversity in psychology is also of high priority for APA. Our goal is to create a diverse academic environment that reflects the priorities of all of these organizations and that enriches each of our experiences in the Health Psychology Program.
Diversity is also reflected across a range of research efforts and we continuously strive to understand how a range of related factors influence individual and community health and well-being. Please visit the facutly and student website for more information.
We have a diversity and inclusion committee within our program that specifically focuses on both ways to foster inclusion and diversity within the program, and the program's engagement in community activities that focus on advancing diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. Students often participate in community events including marches, volunteer events, and advocacy work centered around diversity and inclusion in the Charlotte community, and nationally.
The UNC-Charlotte Health Psychology program strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. We are committed to empowering individuals to explore and appreciate diversity that includes, but is not limited to ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, weight/size and other attributes that may intersect to inform identity, which we recognize as being shaped both by individual historical experience as well as societal and organizational structures. Consistent with ethical research and practice in health psychology, we aim to create an inclusive community that is free from discrimination and harassment, and that promotes critical thinking that addresses stereotypes and inequalities through conscious reflection of our identities, beliefs, values, and actions. To foster this climate, we evaluate our progress through periodic assessment, respond to challenges through open discussion, and act in creative and compassionate ways.