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The Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan is committed to fostering and upholding an inclusive community that welcomes and supports individuals from all social identity groups. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral to providing a supportive environment for excellence.

2020 Psychology Faculty and Student Diversity Research Awards

To promote and celebrate diversity research in psychology, we are pleased to offer awards for outstanding research related to diversity. Awards will be granted toonducted by Psychology faculty at any rank and graduate students (pre-candidate or candidate) whose research advances knowledge about the diversity of human experience by 1) attending thoughtfully to under-studied, historically marginalized or minoritized populations, or to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual identity, or socioeconomic status; 2) developing new measures and/or methods that promise to positively impact knowledge about a diverse spectrum of people; and/or 3) using existing measures and or methods in novel ways to address issues of diversity, equity, and or inclusion.

Two $1000 student awards and one $500 faculty award will be granted.

  • Awards will be given to papers published in the past calendar year, or papers that are “in press”
  • Awards will be granted to students and faculty who are the principal investigators or lead author of the awarded study
  • Students or faculty who have co-authored a study may apply as a team for the student or faculty award respectively. Any given paper will be eligible only for a single award.

Awardees will present the research and its innovations at a departmental diversity symposium.

Eligibility: Faculty members at any rank and students in any year of the doctoral program are strongly encouraged to submit a paper for consideration. Resubmissions from a previous year will be considered.

Submission Information: Faculty and students who would like to be considered for this  award should submit:
1) A current CV
2) A copy of the paper.
3) A description of the project (no more than 2 single spaced pages that a) describes the importance of the question under study; b) includes a brief review of literature; c) delineates key findings; and d) specifies how the study advances diversity, equity, and or inclusion.

Complete applications should be submitted as one Word or pdf document via email by February 28, 2020 to the Diversity Committee at: Winners will receive their award at our 2020 Diversity Research Colloquium ( event details TBA).

2020 Student Diversity Service Awards

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce Student Diversity Service awards to recognize outstanding student service related to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department, university, and/or community. Two $1,000.00 student service awards will be granted.

Examples of diversity service include but are not limited to:

• Education or outreach to local communities;
• Organizing or facilitating events that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion;
• Volunteering in departmental and university events such as Diversity Recruitment Weekend;
• Developing inclusive teaching resources and practices;
• Engaging in inclusive mentoring of students.

Awards will be given to a current student (pre-candidate or candidate) in recognition of outstanding service promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students must be in good standing to be eligible for this award.

Submission Information:
Students who would like to be considered for this award should submit:

  1. A current CV
  2. A statement describing their diversity service to the department, university, and/or community during their graduate training (up to two single-spaced pages).

Complete applications should be submitted as one Word or pdf document via email by February 28, 2020 to the Diversity Committee at: Winners will receive their award at our 2020 Diversity Research Colloquium (event details TBA).


Recognition of our efforts toward creating and maintaining an inclusive environment include:

Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award (2017)

The SAA Office Staff: (left to right) Kaydee Fry, Brian Wallace, Julie Catanzarite, Sarah Wagner, Saroya Cicero, Megan Wolgast, Tina Griffith, Chloe Davenport, and Sheri Circele.

The staff members of the Psychology Student Academic Affairs Office were selected as recipients of the Ninth Annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award. The award was established by the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs and the Associate Vice President for Human Resources to shine a light on staff members who work toward achieving a welcoming, supportive and inclusive campus environment. It is intended to celebrate those who embrace the value of diversity and recognize how it helps set the university apart. The award recognizes individual staff members and teams for their extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity at U-M.

Diversity Recruitment Weekend

This event consists of a series of workshops, panel discussions, and individual meetings specifically designed to prepare students for the graduate admissions process in psychology as well as introduce students to the graduate psychology programs at the University of Michigan. Learn more about Diversity Recruitment Weekend.

Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award (2010)

The Department of Psychology was awarded the first annual Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award, which recognizes "an outstanding institutional initiative in demonstrating notable progress by an academic unit in achieving ethnic/racial and gender diversity in the professor, clinical professor, research professor, and research scientist faculty ladders/tracks.

Suinn Achievement Awards (2003, 2005)

The Department of Psychology's Program in Social Psychology (2003) and the Program in Clinical Psychology (2005) each received the Suinn Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association (APA). The award is given to university psychology departments that have demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students.