Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Michigan School of Psychology (MSP) is committed to furthering diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and social progress on our campus and in communities. We encourage and honor diversity of ideas, perspectives, and experiences.

The foundation of humanistic psychology is rooted in the unconditional acceptance of others. This includes acceptance of and respect for cultural differences, including diversity of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender identity, socio-economic status, national origin, language, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, visa status, ability status and more. MSP’s core values embody the fundamental tenets of humanistic psychology that honor the uniqueness of the human experience: We respect every person, period. We value genuine relationships. We practice what we teach.

We believe in every person’s power to grow. Our purpose is to help students draw on their inner strengths as they grow as human beings, and as psychologists who help their clients do the same. A diverse and inclusive MSP benefits every student, the faculty, staff, and administration. We live out our vision of healthy people, healthy relationships, and healthy communities by bringing our culture of diversity and inclusion into the communities we serve.

MSP acknowledges the systemic racism, colonialism, and inequality inherent in the higher education system and society as a whole. Beyond this acknowledgement, there is more work to do within the institution and in our communities. We are making change through our actions. This includes developing trainings, curricula, policies, and practices that are inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist. It is the responsibility of all MSP administrators, faculty, staff, and students to foster and grow our culture of respect, empathy, diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and social progress. This culture is essential to fulfill our mission to educate psychologists today who will transform our world tomorrow.

 

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