Community Groups


Psychology Scholars of Color (PSOC)

The Psychology Scholars of Color (PSOC) Community Group is made up of scholars who self-identify as members of racial, ethnic, and/or first-generation descent in the Psychology Department. Scholars include students, research associates, postdocs, staff, and faculty. The primary purpose of this group is to foster a safe space for connection and community. This affinity space takes place through informal gatherings and community engagement events (e.g., dinners, cultural and art events). This group is dynamic and co-created by the different and complex intersectional identities of its members. PSOC acknowledges, embraces, and supports the differences and similarities of each member as invaluable contributions to the broader academic and professional community.

If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact: Diya Goyal (, Riya Mirchandaney (, or Nicole Lobo (


The LGBTQIA+ Community Group’s primary goal of this group is to create a community of Psychology Department grad students, staff, postdocs, and faculty members who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community -- in other words, who self-identify as being gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or any other gender or sexual minority. We hold dinners each semester for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We also organize speakers and events to which all members of the Psychology Department are welcome.

If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact: Carly Lenniger ( or Rae Harrison (

First Generation (FiGen)

The Psychology First Generation (FiGen) Affinity group aims to create a community for members of the department of psychology who identify as first-generation college student, first-generation graduate student, or first-generation American (i.e. you or your parents immigrated to the U.S). As part of the Psychology Department’s Equity, Inclusion, and Community Committee, this group’s primary goal is to help individuals thrive in the face of unique challenges they often confront when navigating the academic landscape.  We host a range of events, including informal social outings, dinner meetings in community spaces, and virtual Zoom sessions. All members of the department who identify as "first-generation" are welcome to join.  

If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact: Dr. Timothy Nokes-Malach (