Human Development and Family Studies Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Our Human Development and Family Studies Ramily is a caring supportive community where everyone’s contributions are valued and all voices are heard.
The HDFS department is committed to cultivating inclusion and strengthening diversity in all forms as described in the University Diversity Plan. Our diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice goals include:
- Develop and coordinate active recruitment and retention programs for undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, historically excluded groups, and/or with interests in issues related to identity, diversity, and justice.
- Promote HDFS research that aims to understand marginalized populations, the needs of underserved groups, and diversity in development, and apply such knowledge to address real-world issues.
- Grow the knowledge base and awareness of cultural competence, systems of oppression, and principles of inclusion among faculty, graduate students, administrative professionals, and classified staff.
- Invite diverse perspectives to contribute to departmental activities and leadership.
We value and encourage participation by students of diverse backgrounds in our department activities. Check out these opportunities for ways you can get involved.
Our research focuses on varied topics such as emotion regulation, healthy aging, peer mentoring, healthy development of children with disabilities, interventions for substance abuse, and positive intergenerational family relationships. The below researchers are just a few in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies who are exploring topics related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.
We support diverse youth, families, and older adults and promote positive mental and behavioral health outcomes.
Teaching & Learning
This is a sampling of Human Development and Family Sciences courses with DEIJ content. We also have a new concentration for “Leadership and Advocacy,” which guides students who are preparing for leadership in organizations that promote the optimal development of individuals and families, with a focus on equity and inclusion.
32% First-Generation Students
31% of Students Identify as Diverse
15% Non Traditional Students