Department of Psychology: Diversity and Inclusion Team (DIT)

The Department of Psychology is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness consistent with policies outlined by Colorado State University and the College of Natural Sciences, including CSU’s Principles of Community. The Department of Psychology believes we can grow and learn better together by being committed to DEI and supporting diverse students and faculty. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our Psychology community invests in their work represents not only part of our culture, but dictates our reputation. We welcome the unique contributions that everyone brings in terms of their experiences, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, neurodivergence, and beliefs. We are not all the same and that is the department’s greatest strength.

The Diversity and Inclusion Team was enacted to build community by drawing on the department’s commitment to inclusion and acceptance. Inclusion is the actions we take. This committee is composed of members representing undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty.

It is the DIT’s intention that our efforts toward inclusion and community, including one-time and annual events, reinforce the Psychology Department’s pledges beyond the impact of the single event experience. All DIT efforts aim to contribute to the development and maintenance of a culture of acknowledgement and connection for all Psychology department members.

Sara Anne Tompkins, Ph.D. (Chair)
Ernie Chavez, Ph.D.
Cassidy McLaren, M.S.
Josh Prasad, Ph.D.
Rachel Brenner, Ph.D.
Eva Urbina, M.A. (Graduate Student Rep)
Shirley Randolph (Undergraduate Student Rep)

DIT Member Introduction

  • Finalize mission statement and distribute to Department of Psychology (faculty/staff/students)
  • Finish and distribute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) videos of faculty and graduate students to showcase our mission and improve recruitment of more diverse students and faculty
  • Distribute DEI books to faculty/staff and CNS members (department heads/grad and undergrade chairs)
    • Equity in Science: Representation, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change in Graduate Education: Posselt, Julie R.: 9781503612716:
    • Likely host a book club meeting to aid in digestion/discussion/development of action steps based on information and lessons learned from the reading
  • Plan Fall and Spring events – opportunities for community connections among groups of individuals
    • E.g., BIPOC, First generation, LGBTQ+, Neurodivergent….
  • Hold discussions around types of engagement and training we can host/encourage for our faculty and staff members
  • Continue revising our website to increase transparency of our efforts and aid in connection

Department Diversity and Inclusion Assessment 2019-2020

CSU Diversity Resources

Fall 2020 Community Event

In the Fall 2020 semester, the Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Team hosted a Community Event bringing together faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students.  Events included various panels related to research, careers, students organizations along with opportunities for meet and greet moments with our department faculty.  The videos below capture highlights from some of the events we hosted.

Community Event Schedule and Posters

MUGSS and First Generation Panel

Psi Chi and PSA

Psychology and Research

Sharing Lessons Learned from Failure

Other Resources

We have assembled some helpful web pages that include resources available to diverse students.

Colorado State University Campus:

Adult Learner and Veteran Services:

Asian Pacific American Cultural Center:

Assistive Technology Center:

Black/African American Cultural Center:


El Centro:


Native American Cultural Center:

Office of Vice President for Diversity:

Pride Resource Center:

Student Disability Center:

Women and Gender Advocacy Center:

And in Fort Collins:

Fort Collins Annual Multicultural Retreat:

Fort Collins Area Community Resources – Gay ColoradoGay Colorado:

Fort Collins Community Action Network:

Fort Collins Human Relations Commission:

Fort Collins International Center:

Fort Collins LGBTQ+ Task Force:

Islamic Center of Fort Collins:

Northern Colorado Intertribal Powwow Association, Inc.: