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Presidential Taskforce on Diversity & Inclusion

In September 2019 the Board of Trustees approved the creation of a Presidential Taskforce to develop and oversee initial implementation of an action plan to address three key objectives:

  1. To make the society a welcoming place for members from minoritized/marginalized groups, and to promote their engagement at every level
  2. To promote diversity and inclusion within the profession and discipline of psychology through increasing entry of under-represented groups and ensuring that training reflects diversity and meets the needs of diverse groups
  3. To advise on the most effective form and function of a permanent body, reporting to the Board of Trustees, and to monitor and advise the Board on issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion issues at the end of the lifespan of the taskforce

Following the appointment of Prof Binna Kandola as Chair of the Taskforce, recruitment of taskforce members is now underway.

The taskforce will be recruited to ensure experience/expertise in relation to a range of minority/marginalized backgrounds including Black and Minority Ethnic groups, LGBTQ+, physical disability, mental health difficulties and also low-income backgrounds.

It is intended that the taskforce will include members from across practice, research and teaching and include members at different stages of their career including students/psychologists in training.

The lifespan of the taskforce will be 12-18 months and it will undertake significant engagement with our members, potential members, and other stakeholders during this time.

For terms of reference or a statement of interest form email [email protected]

The closing date for submissions is Friday 10th January 2020.

Informal enquiries can be made to Taskforce Chair Prof Binna Kandola or BPS President David Murphy.

If you do wish to ask questions please submit them via email to Kelly Longmuir using the email address above and she will facilitate a response.

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