Diversity Committee


The Diversity Committee

Mission Statement

The Psychology Department at the University of Kansas seeks to recognize diverse perspectives and experiences of the members of our department, our clients, students, and the greater community. In pursuing this goal, the faculty, staff, and students strive to enhance the education, training, and impact of the psychology department. We recognize that diversity and one’s culture is an intersection of multiple identities, which includes, but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, able-bodiedness, health status, neurodiversity, mental and physical abilities, veteran status, family status, marital status, parental status, and national origin. We are committed to cultural humility approaches and ensuring that our department teaches students the importance of conducting research, teaching, and clinical work in a manner that supports, validates, and respects the various backgrounds of all members of the department and the University, our clients, and the community.  We also recognize the importance of self-reflection and consideration of our identities that are tied to the work and training we do. 

Friday, October 13th at 11:45-1:00pm - The KU Dept of Psychology Diversity Committee is excited to present Politickin' through Twin-Pandemics: When Racism Collides with COVID and White People Wanna Be Moderate  by Matthew L. Kane, PhD. Please join us in Fraser Hall Room 547 or virtually via ZOOM  (Meeting ID 935 1834 3395  Passcode: 436989).  


Upcoming Meetings: (All meetings are held at 12:00):

Monday, November 6, 2023

Monday, December 4, 2023 

Please join us virtually 

Meeting ID: 945 9929 1818  Passcode: 087046

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system

Additionally, if you are interested in joining the listserv, please email the secretary, Hannah Clark, at either diversity-committee-psychology@ku.edu or hdclark@ku.edu to be added.

Faculty Advisors

  • Monica Biernat, PhD, biernat@ku.edu

  • Sarah Kirk, PhD., ABPP, skirk@ku.edu

Graduate Student Officers

  • President: Pilar Thangwaritorn, Clinical Psychology

  • Vice President: Jordan Cortesi, Social Psychology

  • Secretary: Hannah Clark, Clinical Psychology

  • Treasurer: Lex L’Insalata, Clinical Psychology