Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
As we become a more diverse and multicultural nation, there is an increased need for the Department of Psychology to match that growth. This is not only imperative to our department at Illinois State University, but to the field of psychology as a whole. The committee was initially founded in response to the American Psychological Association self-study for our doctoral program in School Psychology. The initial goal of the committee was to generate ideas for the recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds in our school psychology program.
Shortly after our first meeting, the founding members realized that the school psychology student body was the most diverse it has ever been. Although exciting, the committee also found this fact unfortunate. Given this information, the founders decided to become a self-sustaining student body that would actively pursue the recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds. Since the founding of the task force, our group has expanded to represent all graduate programs in the Department of Psychology and was named the Diversity Task Force of Graduate Students in Psychology. Psychology graduate students from all sequences and programs are invited to join our organization. We have also become a Registered Student Organization (RSO) with Dr. Adena Meyers as our faculty advisor. As a RSO, our Task Force receives university funding to support our activities. We are strictly a volunteer organization made up of students who are dedicated to the diversification of the field of psychology.
Meetings are held on Thursdays from 8;30-9;30 p.m. at the Psychological Services Center, 4th floor of Fairchild Hall. Please use the main building entrance on Dry Grove Street.
Kremsreiter, J., Banks, B., & D'Santiago, V. (2012). Recruitment and retention efforts for diversity at Illinois State University. School Psychology: From Science to Practice, 5(1), pp. 17-19. (PDF)
An article written by three School Psychology doctoral candidates, Jamie Kremsreiter, Brea Banks, and Verenice D'Santiago, was published in the spring 2012 issue of School Psychology: From Science to Practice.
The following psychology faculty members conduct research that addresses diversity and multicultural issues:
1. Recruitment outreach
2. Retention efforts
3. Community outreach
For a detailed explanation of each project, please refer to our Student Diversity Task Force Action Plan (revised September 9, 2011).