As part of Loma Linda University, the Department of Psychology is committed to promoting diversity and fostering inclusion in all aspects of its activities and initiatives. Loma Linda University was established by the Seventh-day Adventist church, and the university affirms that Christian principles are incompatible with various forms of discrimination that have divided societies, and that all persons are of equal worth in the sight of God and should be so regarded by all His people. Consistent with university policy, the Department of Psychology is committed to equal education and employment opportunities for all, and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status in its policies.
As a Department, in line with Principle E of APA's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and APA’s multicultural guidelines, we believe that as psychologists we must recognize and understand the diversity of the world, the communities we serve, and how our own cultural background (whether associated with ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other source of cultural diversity) influences our own psychological processes, dispositions, and behavior, ultimately impacting the service we provide and how we interact with patients and communities. Consistent with this view, the Loma Linda University Department of Psychology strives not only for diversity in student admissions and faculty recruitment, but also in the curriculum and training we provide. Hence, we expect our students to be culturally competent and able to learn from and contribute to the communities they serve, within the corresponding cultural and social-structural context. To this end, in addition to courses on cultural and human diversity, the pivotal role of culture and diversity in psychological functioning and behavior is integrated throughout the curriculum, including research and clinical training.
Involvement in clinical, research, and service activities with minority populations is strongly encouraged, and opportunities for such work are highly represented in practicum placements, research opportunities, and service activities both on campus and in the broader community. The catalyzing power of diversity not only enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and develop solutions, but it is also necessary for building a comprehensive understanding of human behavior.
The Department of Psychology has established a Diversity Committee that develops and implements policies and programs (e.g., diversity scholarships) designed to promote diversity. Among other initiatives, this committee seeks to support the department in its continual efforts to recruit and retain diverse students and faculty. The department prides itself on maintaining a collaborative, inclusive atmosphere, and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply to our programs.