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School Psychology Diversity Statement

Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Higher Education Act) end other federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, handicap, or status as a veteran, in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This provision includes, but Is not limited to. admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. Potential students and faculty are actively recruited from all the above categories and given full consideration for admission, employment, promotions, and/or tenure by the University and within the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology (SAHEP).

The School Psychology Program, and the SAHEP in general, make every effort to promote understanding of and respect for the full range of cultural end individual diversity. Recruitment of faculty and students from diverse cultural backgrounds Is always a high priority, and our current faculty and student population reflects this effort. If you are a minority student, you may be interested In being listed in the APA Directory of Minority Psychologists. The program also strives to develop understanding, knowledge, scholarship and skills in all of our students to enhance the likelihood they will facilitate child success across the full range of diverse learners they might encounter as professional school psychologists. We are convinced that the changing cultural diversity of schools and society will have substantial impact on the delivery of school psychological services and research conducted by professional school psychologists.

Students from diverse backgrounds have been quite successful in the school psychology programs. Historically over 20% of the program students have reported themselves to have minority status and in 2007 27% of the students in the Ph.D. and Ed.S. programs are from under-represented groups. Of the minority students currently in the program there are 29% are Native American, 57% - African American, 7% - Hispanic - 7%, and 7% - Asian-Pacific Islander. The programs have also aggressively recruited scholars from McNair Programs across the country and offer these students assistantships and tuition waivers to ease the financial hardship associated with graduate school (see SPAY 2007 disclosure tables). More information about the McNair Scholars programs can be found at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/triomcnair/index

The school psychology faculty has also supported the American Indians into Psychology summer enrichment program which is designed to help American Indian students gain exposure to the diverse aspects of the field of psychology through research, clinical, and educational activities. The program is held for six weeks each summer through the months of June and July. http://psychology.okstate.edu/special/aiip/sep

Several AIIP students have successfully completed the programs in school psychology.