Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity makes us stronger, wiser, and more effective. The clinical training program at Penn is committed to training clinical scientists who are positioned to serve the needs of a diverse public, including, but not limited to, individuals from traditionally under resourced or marginalized groups.  We recognize that celebrating and supporting the unique experiences and backgrounds of all our trainees is a central part of that mission.  Our differences - of age, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, ability status, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, skills, ideas, experience and more - enrich our perspectives, inform our clinical work and enhance our ability to achieve clinical psychology's core missions of public service, teaching and research.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and pledge to do our best to provide a safe, welcoming and affirming environment to every trainee throughout their time here.  In pursuit of that goal, we have formed the Clinical Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) Workgroup.  We are conducting ongoing Diversity Climate surveys, and hope to continually evaluate and improve a culture of inclusion in our program and in the Department of Psychology more generally.  "The dynamism of any diverse community depends not only on the diversity itself but on promoting a sense of belonging among those who formerly would have been considered and felt themselves outsiders.  -Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.