Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Diversity and Inclusion Resources

The Loyola University Chicago Psychology Department is committed to ensuring that issues of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, disability status, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation are embraced to support inclusive excellence.   Below we provide resources to promote diversity and inclusion for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Resources for Undergraduate Students

Annual Diversifying Clinical Psychology Event
Loyola graduate students and faculty have teamed up with other clinical psychology programs in Chicago to host an annual event titled, “Diversifying Clinical Psychology.” This event aims to engage students from underrepresented groups in the field of clinical psychology. The event offers an opportunity for undergraduate students and post baccalaureates to learn more about the field of clinical psychology and how to apply to PhD programs. The event includes presentations by clinical psychology program directors and faculty, panels by a diverse group of current graduate students and faculty, time to network with faculty and students, and an opportunity to present a research poster. This upcoming event will be held on Saturday November 6th, 2021 with events between 9am-4pm. Register for the event and see the Diversifying Clinical Psych 2021 scheduled events.  
Chicagoland PhD Programs Participating in the Diversifying Clinical Psychology Initiative
The purpose of the Psychology Internship with the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs is to offer applied experience to enhance the knowledge of undergraduate and graduate students with a major or minor in psychology.
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Resources for Graduate Students

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program.  The F31 is the most prestigious target for funding for the final years of graduate school, but is extremely competitive.  It demonstrates to future research employers that you are able to conceive of a fundable project and get a competitive award to fund it. Availability of the award depends on content with some areas of the NIH only offering F31's to minority candidates.
The purpose of the Psychology Internship with the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs is to offer applied experience to enhance the knowledge of undergraduate and graduate students with a major or minor in psychology.
MFP is a highly successful federally funded training program for ethnic and racial minority researchers and service providers. The MFP offers fellowships for Master’s students, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, and the Psychology Summer Institute.
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
SPP Diversity Research Grant. A $5,000 research grant available to members highlights the importance of diversity in pediatric psychology.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority General Graduate Fellowships. These fellowships provide financial assistance to African-American graduate women who are working on professional degrees, master's degrees, doctoral, or post-doctoral studies.

Filipino-American Psychology Scholarship. The goal of this scholarship is to increase the number of Filipino-American professors, researchers and academics in the field of psychology.

Minority International Research Training Grant in the Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences. Support short-term international training opportunities in health disparities research for students from health disparity populations and/or are underrepresented in their research fields.

Point Foundation LGBT Scholarships. Point Foundation provides scholarships, mentorship, leadership training and hope for undergraduate and graduate students of merit who have been marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Travel Grants for Students of Color in Psychology. Awarded to students of color in psychology to serve as a source of funding for graduate students to help defray travel expenses associated with attending and presenting research at a professional conference.

Mental Health Dissertation Research Grant to Increase Diversity. These grants enable qualified doctoral candidates from underrepresented groups, with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue research careers in any area relevant to the research missions of NIMH.

Psychological Science Research Grant. This grant provides support for graduate students conducting psychological science research studies, with additional funding reserved specifically for diversity-focused research

Additional Resources for Students

APAGS Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity focuses on promoting a psychology pipeline that is representative of the nation's ethnic diversity and fostering culturally relevant and adaptive science and practice in psychology.  This committee also provides resources for ethnic minority students applying to graduate school and has a multicultural training database. 
Committee on Diversity Affairs (CODA): seeks to promote and foster an academic community that celebrates and supports diversity in multiple areas of the Psychology Department.
Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) is a team made up of full time staff, graduate workers, and undergraduate student assistants. Through facilitating intentional reflection of the intersections of identities and critical social analysis of systems of privilege and oppression, SDMA seeks to enhance the experience of all members of the Loyola community by cultivating culturally competent agents of social change.
Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) is a student-run collective that will promotes equity and provides a forum for graduate students from diverse backgrounds to network and offer support.
The Dreamer Committee aims to develop equitable policies and practices to promote educational opportunities and improve the lives of undocumented students at Loyola University Chicago. 
Loyola's Dreamer Committee Report The Dreamer Committee is focused on supporting and advancing our university efforts on behalf of undocumented students (including, but not limited to DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] and DACA-eligible individuals), and advising senior University administration on matters related to applicants and students who have an undocumented immigration status. This report (2015-2016) provides an overview of the Dreamer Committee’s progress the past year and provides recommendations for moving forward.
Statement on the Rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program from the Office of the Loyola President. The University's statement on their commitment to continue supporting advocating for our students and work with our local, state, and federal partners to find a legislative solutions.
Guidelines and Contacts for Our Community from the Office of the Loyola President. The University's statement on continuing to take a leadership role in supporting undocumented students.
Undocumented Student Resources includes information about next steps, information, and resources including campus contacts, legal protections, and more for current and prospective undocumented students.