Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) consists of faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates from our department. Per departmental by-laws, the purpose of the committee is to:

“Foster the development of strategies, policies, and programs that will enhance the educational and professional experience of minority faculty, staff, and students in the department.”

2021-22 Committee

Undergraduate Student Representatives

  • Tanner Jones
  • Betty Ngo

Graduate Student Representatives

  • Rowan Hunt (Clinical Psychology)
  • Khushboo Patel (Experimental Psychology)
  • Bianca Welikson (At Large)

Staff Representative

  • TBD

Faculty Representatives

  • TBD (Term)
  • Sara Bufferd (Clinical Psychology)
  • TBD (Experimental Psychology)
  • Maria Kondaurova, Ph.D. (At Large)
  • Yara Mekawi (At Large)

Committee Chair

  • Cara Cashon, Ph.D. (sabbatical-spring 2022)

2021-22 Meeting Schedule

The DEI Committee meets regularly throughout the fall and spring semesters (see schedule below). Due to COVID-19, our regularly scheduled meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Our regularly scheduled meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.If you would like to attend a regularly scheduled meeting, please contact Tanner Jones to get a link to the meeting.

Fall 2021

  • Monday, October 11, 12:30-2:00
  • Monday, November 15, 12:30-2:0

Spring 2022

  • Monday, February 14, 12:30-2:00
  • Monday, March 7, 12:30-2:00
  • Monday, April 4, 12:30-2:00


We want to hear from you!

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) is committed to addressing societal injustices and systemic racism. To achieve that goal, we believe we need to hear from as many voices as possible. We invite you to share your thoughts on what we can do to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within our department. Recognizing that this work will be ongoing, we welcome suggestions for concrete actions that are big and small, and that we may be able to implement immediately as well as systematically throughout the department. 

Feedback is anonymous.Responses will be reviewed by members of the PBS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

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