University of Minnesota School Psychology Diversity Statement
Diversity is an evolving concept that includes, but is not limited to, differences based on: ability (cognitive and physical), age, language, socioeconomic status, gender (expression, identity, and roles), ethnicity, race, religion, political ideology, marital status, cultural values and beliefs, personal values, cultural background, and sexual orientation. The School Psychology program at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities endorses the following mission with respect to multiculturalism and diversity:
Our mission concerns the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of all people, and our goal is to achieve a climate that honors and respects all individuals . In order to create such a climate, the program promotes cultural mindfulness and self-reflection, and encourages students to seek knowledge on topics related to diversity. Within an ecological framework, the School Psychology program promotes multiculturalism at the individual, group, and systems-level. Our mission reiterates the University of Minnesota’s Graduate School commitment to promoting cultural diversity. In alignment with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Practice Model and the American Psychological Association’s (APA) core values, we strive to foster knowledge of diversity multicultural research, and evidence-based practice related to diversity
Our mission reiterates NASP’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity policy and APA’s Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists.