I hold respect for diversity as one of my core values and strive to embody this in every interaction. Diversity is more than a buzzword used to satisfy a committee or check a box. Instead, diversity is a practice that must always be cultivated and maintained. When done well, practicing diversity can make everyone feel validated and affirmed in who they are. Doing the work has been, and will continue to be, a constant fixture in all facets of my work. Below provides a sample of my diversity-related service:
Enhanced diversity training efforts in the Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago including completing a Diversity Needs Assessment and using grant funding to bring in an expert on cultural humility.
Spearheaded the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Council in the Dept. of Psychology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) which formed the organization, Psychology for Equity, Awareness, and Community Enhancement (PEACE).
Served on ETSU's President's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.
Received certification as a diversity trainer from the National Coalition of Building Institute.
Served on The Citadel's Women's History Month committee.
To the Psychology Field, Other Healthcare Professionals, and Community
Provided various talks and presentations about diversity-related content to a wide-range of audiences.
Awarded funding from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers to develop anti-racism training for psychology trainees.
Served on anti-racism commission for the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology.