The MPA Diversity Statement
The Midwestern Psychological Association values diversity in its membership, in its scholarly activities, and in promoting a more welcoming and open society. MPA recognizes diversity in all of its forms and welcomes the participation of all people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, creed, age, socioeconomic status, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.
We celebrate diversity for many reasons. First, science and innovation are best advanced by scholars whose ideas, histories, and approaches to knowledge are diverse. In addition, MPA is enhanced by a diverse membership, and we are committed to building a richer, more responsive, and more inclusive organization. Further, diversity enriches our teaching, enhances our outreach and service, and increases the impact of psychology on public policy and in bettering society.
Fostering an inclusive climate is an on-going, collaborative enterprise that requires commitment and dedication. As human beings, we are subject to biases and beliefs that influence our perceptions of, and interactions with, others. Thus, we commit ourselves to meaningful and respectful interactions, to increasing our knowledge of diversity and its application for social good, and to valuing the diversity of people’s cultural experiences, histories, and backgrounds.
We are committed to collaborating with others to oppose prejudice and injustice in the service of improving society. Thus, we are dedicated to promoting human rights, inclusivity, harmony, peaceful coexistence, and mutual understanding in our roles as scholars, educators, researchers, practitioners, consultants, administrators, policy makers, and community members.
Graduate students who are presenting at the 2019 MPA annual meeting (April 11-13) may be eligible for an MPA Diversity Travel Award.