Diversity Mission

The Department of Psychology is committed to assuring diversity across all levels. We actively recruit for diversity in faculty, students, and staff, educate and evaluate diversity-related competencies, and proactively use our location in one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse states in the country to immerse faculty and students in a multi-ethnic/cultural environment. We recognize that a diverse workforce is essential for maintaining legitimacy as a public university dedicated to serving the needs of our diverse state. The Department of Psychology defines diversity broadly to include race and ethnicity, national origin, indigenous heritage, gender, sexual orientation, age, developmental or acquired disabilities, socioeconomic status, and other human attributes with significant implications for social identity and historical experience. We seek to be representative of these groups. The cultural context of Hawaiʻi requires that we place priority on representing and understanding the unique ethnic composition here, which includes Asians, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, and Latinos. In particular, the department seeks to increase faculty who know and understand local culture or can contribute to research and practice that informs a greater understanding of these populations.