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.”

2020-21 Committee

Undergraduate Student Representatives

  • Betty Ngo
  • Tanner Jones
  • Kolbie Vincent

Graduate Student Representatives

  • Rowan Hunt (Clinical Psychology)
  • Manal Zafar (Experimental Psychology)

Staff Representative

  • Amanda Cunningham

Faculty Representatives

  • Alison McLeish, Ph.D. (term)
  • Sandie Sephton, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
  • Keith Lyle, Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology)
  • Maria Kondaurova, Ph.D. (at large)
  • Sara Bufferd, Ph.D. (at large)

Committee Chair

  • Cara Cashon, Ph.D.

2020-21 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 or Alison McLeish to get a link to the meeting.

Fall 2020

  • Monday, August 24, 12:30-2:00
  • Monday, October 26, 12:30-2:00
  • Monday, November 23, 12:30-2:00

Spring 2021

  • Monday, February 1, 12:30-2:00
  • Monday, March 1, 12:30-2:00
  • Monday, April 5, 12:30-2:00
  • Monday, May 3, 12:30-2:00
  • Monday, May 24, 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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