Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
Current Departmental DEI-related Activities
- The Department of Psychological Science was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) for Student, Engagement, Retention and Success (SERS) for fiscal year 2022. The goal of the grant is to help offset research, conference travel, or internship/field experience expenses for students of color, low-income, or disability. Students must have made a grade of A or B in both PSYC 2010 Stats and PSYC 3180 Research Methods. Students that earn a C in one of the classes may also be considered. This grant is led by Dr. Brian Hock (PI), and supported by Drs. Kimberly Coggins, Eva Gibson, Kevin Harris, Emily Pica, and Kymmalett Ross, M.S.
- Dr. Adriane M.F. Sanders has accepted the role of Editor of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (TIP). She completes her editor-in-training year and begins her three-year term in April 2022. Dr. Sanders’ vision for the magazine is to promote DEI in the broadest sense. Her priority is to increase the representation of voices, experiences, and I-O content across race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and other minoritized groups. There is also need to increase representation of the individuals who are training, practicing, and teaching I-O through alternative paths (i.e., training/career experiences that are non linear, non doctoral, and non tenure-track). Dr. Sanders would like TIP to become known as an official and consistent voice of the anti-racist movement in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
- Dr. Erynne H. Shatto together with the members of her STRETCH translational research lab has been providing clinical and research services to minoritized populations. In March 2022, her team will present research on three projects. Two projects focus on work with an urban school in an area of concentrated poverty that is over 90% comprised of African American and Latino students where children routinely grapple with housing insecurity, food scarcity, and neighborhood violence. We will be presenting work on methods of utilizing teacher reports to identify those in need of trauma specific assessment and of an implementation of Teacher-Child Interaction Therapy to foster positive behavior management practices and enhance teacher-child relationships at this school in which 46% of children qualify for PTSD. The third presentation focuses on a pilot implementation of full scale DBT for autistic teens or the “Neurodiversity Affirming DBT-Multifamily” project. The STRETCH lab is also currently engaged in partnerships with Safe House to provide evidence based mental health services to parents and children affected by intimate partner violence. Families utilizing these services are typically disproportionately those who hold one or more minority statuses. We are hoping to learn about the unique parenting needs of women impacted by partner violence. Lastly, the lab is partnered with organizations to support autistic individuals. We provide neurodiversity affirming consultation to Advanced Behavioral Consultants and the Full Spectrum Learner Program. This spring, Dr. Shatto has been invited as a keynote speaker for an event sponsored by Advocates for Autism.