Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is committed to fostering a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and stands in solidarity with marginalised and equity-seeking groups. We acknowledge that members of equity-seeking groups may have experienced barriers to education, employment, and full participation, due to structural and other factors (e.g. systemic discrimination, economic disadvantage, anti-Black racism, racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, or homophobia).

It is our professional and social responsibility to promote the understanding and respect of diversity and intersectionality in culture, circumstance, race, aboriginality, ethnicity, gender, age, (dis)ability, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, and place of origin. We want to raise awareness about implicit biases, harassment, and systemic discrimination (including anti-Black racism) in order to promote fair treatment and outcomes for people of all identities. 

As well, we acknowledge that we can and should do more to prioritise inclusivity and support the voices of marginalised groups. We are committed to examining and changing our practices given our position of privilege as an academic department, and in light of our discipline’s historic role in supporting and perpetuating scientific racism and other oppressive ideologies and practices.

We have begun working to ensure that the values, goals and practices in our department reflect this commitment.

Psychology Graduate OUAC Application Fee Waiver Program

The Department of Psychology is piloting an OUAC graduate application fee waiver as part of its efforts to promote Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenisation. Applicants who are awarded the fee waiver will receive a voucher that can be used to pay for their $120 OUAC application fee for our graduate program in psychology. Details of the Fall 2022 program will be announced in the coming weeks.

EDI Awards

Workplace Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Research Fund. If you are conducting, or are planning to conduct, research that contributes to the understanding, reduction or elimination of discrimination in the workplace, we invite you to apply for the WEDI Graduate Research Fund, made available through the generous donations of I/O faculty and alumni. Psychology graduate students from all areas are invited to apply.

The award is valued at $2,500, and the deadline for Fall 2022 applications will be announced soon. 


Applying to Graduate School in Psychology: Panel for BIPOC and 1st-generation students. Every year, the EDI Committee hosts a workshop for prospective BIPOC and 1st-generation applicants to our graduate programs. Details will be announced in the coming weeks, but the workshop will likely take place in October 2022.

The Psychology Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Our mission: To promote an equitable, fair, and diverse departmental community that is inclusive of its members and those the department serves.

Faculty Members

Pat Barclay, Kaitlyn McLachlan, Leanne Son Hing, Jeffery Yen (Committee Chair)

Staff Members

Bianka Dunleavy

Graduate Students

Kiah Caneira, Caren Colaco, Martina Faitakis, Mohamed Hassan, Sarah Moss, Chantel Ritter, Emma Truffyn

Undergraduate Students

Anoop Brar, Ingrid Dusper, Natalie Hasulyo


If you are interested in contributing to the work of the committee, please contact the Chair, Jeffery Yen.