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A group of 19 graduate students gather together for a photo under a clear blue sky at a local conservation park.
Graduate students pose for a photo at Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park in an outing planned by the graduate student social events committee.

Climate and Diversity Statement
The Department of Psychology is committed to creating an environment in which all students, staff, and faculty are treated with respect and feel included regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, or ability. We also believe in the need to provide equitable opportunity for individuals from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds. As a department, we stand in solidarity with all of our Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We invite you to read our Black Lives Matter statement below.

However, words without action are insufficient. The faculty, graduate students, and staff of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Psychology pledge to support a Climate of Inclusion and Diversity by committing to our Call to Action. The Call to Action delineates our goals to improve the department for historically disenfranchised individuals and is directed at faculty, graduate students, staff, undergraduate students and our surrounding community. It also states the current concrete steps we are taking in order to achieve our goals. We firmly believe in embracing and celebrating diversity in all its forms and aim to foster a department that supports and uplifts all members of our community.

“We believe that the pursuit of equity, diversity and inclusion is a moral obligation and is essential to living our values, achieving our goals and building a stronger Department. We are committed to diversity both as an end in itself, and also because we are convinced that it helps us achieve our main goals, namely maximizing student learning, generating cutting-edge research, training the next generation of scientists, and serving our communities.” — Chair of the Department of Psychology

Black Lives Matter statement
The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among too many others, have brought into sharp relief ongoing systemic racism in our nation. We condemn these hateful acts of violence in all forms. As a department, we stand in solidarity with all of our Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni: Black Lives Matter. We also acknowledge the historical marginalization, systemic racism, and inequitable privilege that has been maintained through systems of power, including academia.

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” — James Baldwin

We pledge to look at ourselves and our profession in order to understand the biases that exist within academic settings, including our own department, and to ask what we can do as individuals and within our professional community to mitigate systemic biases, increase the diversity of our community, and foster opportunities for Black members of our community to thrive and succeed. We also pledge to continuously engage in action for a more equitable department and academia as a whole. The actions we are currently taking to address issues of racism and other diversity related issues are detailed in our Call to Action (to be announced).