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The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts is strongly committed to the support and promotion of cultural diversity within the university and surrounding community. Cultural diversity encompasses differences and similarities in race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age. Within the department, attention and sensitivity to diversity issues are fostered in course offerings, undergraduate programs, faculty and graduate student research, and clinical practice. A core aspect of awareness and appreciation for diversity is that it promotes respect for others. Diversity is especially valued and encouraged in the student body, faculty, and staff because it enriches both educational experiences and the translation of psychological knowledge into practice.

Diversity News

Institute of Diversity Sciences awarded a Reboot Representation Grant to Support Leadership Academy Program

The Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) at UMass Amherst, directed by Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta (psychology) was awarded a two-year $499,359 grant from Reboot Representation to support the IDS Leadership Academy for students from groups traditionally marginalized in tech & engineering. 

PBS honors faculty and students with Wendy Helmer Memorial Graduate Student Award and Faculty/Staff Ally to Graduate Students Award

Gorana GonzalezGorana Gonzalez has received the Wendy Helmer Memorial Graduate Student Award. 

Joel Ginn and Adrian Rivera-RodriquezJoel Ginn and Adrian Rivera-Rodriquez were given honorable mentions by their fellow graduate students.

Holly LawsHolly Laws has received the Faculty/Staff Ally to Graduate Students Award.


CNS Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards given to PBS faculty and students

TaraFaculty awardee:
Tara Mandalaywala

Student awardees:
SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native American in Science) including Miriam Hernandez-Romero, Natasha De La Rosa, Leah Travis-White, Nadia Fernandez, Estefany Argueta Herrera, and Yaharia Bermudez.

The purpose of the SACNAS Chapter at UMass Amherst is to facilitate and support activities that foster the advancement of academic and professional success of self-identified Indigenous, Chicano, and Hispanic students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

PBS Students receive Center for Research on Families Research Awards

The Center for Research on Families understands the importance of supporting family researchers at all stages of their careers and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Their competitive program recognizes outstanding students, from a broad range of departments and disciplines, who are conducting research on issues related to families.

Multiregional study documents the experiences of siblings of people with intellectual disabilities

kids walk together in a corn field

Having a sibling with an intellectual disability influences young people in a range of ways. The relationships between siblings can have many positive aspects and more challenging parts such as encountering stigma or discrimination against those with an intellectual disability. In past research, the perceptions of Western parents of an intellectually disabled child were studied most often. This leaves much more to be revealed about the perspectives of siblings and those living in different regions of the globe. 

Dasgupta on National Academies Committee to Advance Anti-Racism in STEM

The interdisciplinary group of experts will offer best practices to foster DEI in organizations

Psychological and Brain Sciences Professor Nilanjana Dasgupta has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations.

Graduate Diversity Committee Selects 2021-22 Undergraduate Travel Award Winners

We are pleased to announce that the Graduate Diversity Committee has selected the winners of the 2021-22 DivComm Undergraduate Travel Award. We would like to congratulate Elodie Carel and Yana Deeley on receiving the award! They will receive $200 each towards presenting their research at psychology conferences.

Is the sharing of resources between children influenced by racial stereotypes?

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Tara Mandalaywala, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, featured in PsyPost article. 

From "Children more willing to share with White than Black peers, and this may be driven by racial stereotypes about wealth"

A study published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology found that children were more likely to share their resources with White children than Black children. The effect did not appear to be motivated by in-group bias nor by feelings of warmth toward White children, but by a stereotype that White people are wealthier than Black people.

Dasgupta tapped to help diversify the tech industry

Nilanjana Dasgupta
Nilanjana Dasgupta

Elon Musk. Mark Zuckerberg. Peter Thiel. Steve Jobs. Jack Dorsey. Bill Gates. Jeff Bezos. The tech industry has long suffered from a well-known lack of diversity, but Nilanjana Dasgupta, professor of psychological and brain sciences and director of the Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) at UMass Amherst, is part of a group that’s working to change that.