Diversity and Your Department

Resources for addressing diversity and inclusion

Tag: Historical Backgrounds


Pickren, W. E., & Burchett, C. (2014). Making psychology inclusive: A history of education and training for diversity in American psychology. In F. T. L. Leong, L. Comas-Díaz, G. C. Nagayama Hall, V. C. McLoyd & J. E. Trimble(Eds.), APA handbook of multicultural psychology, Vol. 2: Applications and training. (pp. 3-18). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. (PDF)

The first half of this article traces the ways in which discussions of diversity have appeared in the field of psychology over the past hundred years or so. In the second part of the article, Pickren and Burchett discuss how to best train students and professors to be ethically minded in the realm of diversity. This article is recommended for professors who are interested in some historical background of diversity and need some starting points to introducing multiculturalism into their classroom.