FIU’s “Worlds Ahead” philosophy suggests diversity fosters critical thinking and encourages a dynamic intellectual community, and reflects deep commitment to promoting “inclusiveness and engagement in a global dialogue that anchors our role as leaders in graduate education. We value respect for the complexities of our global society as it relates to gender, socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, age, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and cultural identity.” The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity (EOPD) communicates this commitment to inclusivity by conducting trainings in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policies, Affirmative Action (AA) legislation, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADDA) and amendments, sexual harassment, and diversity policies, procedures, programs, and initiatives (http:/hr.fiu.eduindex.php?name=equal_opportunity_programs).
Our program embraces this philosophy with corresponding nondiscriminatory policies for recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student community where everyone is valued for their individuality. Graduate fellowships, multicultural programs, and LGBTQA services are designed to support underrepresented faculty and students reach their full potential in scholarly and professional endeavors. FIU is a Hispanic-majority institution, ranked #1 in the nation in awarding Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees to Latino students; ranked 2nd for total Hispanic graduate students; and 3rd in the nation for M.S. and Ph.D. STEM degrees awarded to Hispanic students. Among 14 doctoral program core faculty in clinical science, 43% are women and 21% identify as minorities. Among students, 10% (n=4) self-identify as racial minority, 29% (n=12) self-identify as ethnic minority, and 10% (n=4) self-identify as LGBTQ.
The diversity of Miami’s population and the size of Miami-Dade and Broward school districts (500,000 children) provide ample potential for research recruitment and clinical training. The Clinical Science Program has extensive relationships with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, primary care physicians and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and with mental health facilities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, affording opportunities to conduct activities not only on-site but also in community, school, and mental health settings across the South Florida community.