The Clinical Psychology program diversity committee was formed in the summer of 2019. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to be members of the committee. Currently most students and all faculty are members. The committee is chaired by student co-chairs and one faculty co-chair, all selected by students. The full committee meets once per month during the semester. Each committee member is also a member of one of the four working groups: Clinical, Community Engagement, Education, and Research.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Clinical Psychology Program Diversity Committee (CPPDC) is a self-selected collection of graduate students, faculty, and staff working in concert to cultivate an inclusive, just, anti-racist, and diverse environment within the Clinical Psychology Program, as well as the larger department, university, Milwaukee community, and field of psychology.
Below are the CPPDC’s current primary aims:
- Personal and program-wide commitment to actively uphold antiracist principles, while working to dismantle instantiations of systemic racism within the program, department, university, Milwaukee community and field of Psychology.
- Embrace the vital importance of cultural sensitivity, responsiveness, and humility in all aspects of personal and professional development, training, and action.
- Strive to decolonize current infrastructures in order to create and provide a culturally sensitive, responsive, and humble space for the development and implementation of action initiatives relating to systemic racism, oppression, and social injustices.
- Maintain a growth mindset and remain open to feed back as there is collective responsibility for achieving this aim.
- Foster a mutually beneficial partnership between researchers, clinicians, and community members in order to facilitate culturally responsive dissemination of information, ideas, and resources.
Working Group Mission Statements
We will effectively strive towards this mission through the contributions from subcommittees. Each subcommittee and their mission are detailed below:
Clinical: The Clinical Working Group seeks to foster an environment that esteems cultural humility, responsiveness and sensitivity across students, faculty and staff. Towards that end, we seek to promote inclusivity, provide culturally conscious care, and create a safer and more welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds.
Community Engagement: The Community Engagement Working Group seeks to increase awareness of and mutual engagement with community events and activities within the Milwaukee metropolitan area related to Diversity and Inclusion and thereby support the cultural humility and sensitivity of students, faculty, and staff.
Education: The Education Working Group seeks to advance program education in personal and professional development in multiculturalism and cultural sensitivity across all areas of training.
Research: The Research Working Group seeks to engender access and opportunity to pursue scientific endeavors with the ultimate goals of increasing representation in clinical science broadly and reduce health disparities in minoritized groups.