About Us

Diversity in HDFS

As a field and as a department, HDFS is committed to diversity. Many faculty and students conduct research on cultural diversity, on gender and power dynamics in families, and on other forms of diversity. Our courses are infused with content related to culture, ethnicity, and gender. Several journal articles describe our infusion model, and the department has been honored with awards for our innovations related to diversity.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to enhancing diversity in all forms as described in the University Diversity Plan. Our goals specifically linked to diversity include:

  • Develop and target traditionally underserved populations in undergraduate & graduate recruitment
  • Develop and coordinate active recruitment and retention programs related to underserved populations
  • Grow the base of faculty, administrative professional, classified employees, and graduate assistants who are from diverse backgrounds and /or who focus on diversity issues as their research interest
  • Strengthen HDFS research that focuses on diversity and diverse populations
  • Grow the knowledge base and awareness of cultural competence among faculty, graduate students, administrative professionals, and classified staff

To learn more about our diversity plan, click here.