Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy | Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Gurabo

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Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy

The Universidad Ana G. Méndez Psychology Internship Program (UAGM PIP) strongly values diversity and believes in creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive learning environment for its interns. Diversity among interns and supervisors enriches the educational experience, promotes personal growth, and strengthens communities and the workplace. Every effort is made by UAGM PIP to create a climate in which all staff and interns feel respected, comfortable, and in which success is possible and obtainable. UAGM PIP strives to make every effort to increase awareness, dispel ignorance, and increase comfort with diverse experiences. UAGM PIP’s training program includes an expected competency in diversity training, and multiple experiences are provided throughout the year to ensure that interns are both personally supported and well-trained in this area.

UAGM PIP welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. The training program believes that a diverse training environment contributes to the overall quality of the program. UAGM PIP provides equal opportunity to all prospective interns and does not discriminate because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other factor that is irrelevant to success as a psychology intern. Applicants are individually evaluated in terms of quality of previous training, practicum experiences, and fit with the internship. If an applicant or intern requires accommodations, he or she should contact the internship director to initiate this process.

The UAGM PIP’s goal in diversity training is to ensure that interns develop the knowledge, skills, and awareness necessary to provide competent psychological services to all members of the public. To this end, the UAGM PIP’s training program requires an expected competency in individual and cultural diversity. These competencies were developed to comply with the APA’s statement on Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public: “. . . professional psychology training programs strive to ensure that psychology trainees demonstrate acceptable levels of knowledge, skills, and awareness to work effectively with diverse individuals.” Diversity experiences and training are interwoven throughout the training program to ensure that interns are both personally supported and well-trained in this area.