GSAPP has a history of commitment to cultural and individual diversity. Fostering understanding of and respect for cultural and individual diversity are addressed through education and training activities, as well as through policy and structure. This is reflected in curriculum content, course content, practicum settings and activities, special events, recruitment practices for both students and faculty, retention practices, student aid, and the GSAPP committee structure and student organization structure. Understanding of diversity issues is seen as essential to competent professional functioning.

GSAPP Diversity Statement

The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We view individuals from a variety of backgrounds, lived-experiences, identities, and perspectives across our community members as critical to our threefold mission of world-class education, scholarship, and public service. We aim to honor diversity through a variety of means, such as inclusive groups, events, initiatives, curricula, and our organizational composition. We strive to create and maintain a safe space in which all voices are heard and valued, consistent with Rutgers University’s Beloved Community. GSAPP acknowledges the current, historical, and systemic practices that have been used to marginalize and oppress some identities and give power and privilege to others in and beyond the United States. Additionally, we are keenly aware of the destructive effects, including on mental health and personal well-being, of prejudice, stigma, microaggressions, and violence in all its forms. We engage in a critical examination of our own biases and behaviors, both past and present. We utilize evolving methods to address, incorporate, and celebrate DEI through our scholarship, service, and training of future health service professionals.