Response to Structural Inequity
Structural inequities refer to the systemic disadvantage of one social group compared to other groups with whom they coexist, and the term encompasses policy, law, governance, and culture and refers to race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, class, sexual orientation, and other domains.
——National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States; Baciu A, Negussie Y, Geller A, et al., editors. Communities in action: Pathways to health equity. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2017 Jan 11. 3, The Root Causes of Health Inequity
Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, joins many psychological organizations in denouncing violence toward Black people.
Psychological science researchers, teachers, and practitioners have worked for decades to name and redress the principles underlying this violence—racism, prejudice, discrimination, implicit bias, in-group / out-group processes, microaggressions, among many others. Psychologists have contributed significantly to documenting the negative impacts of racism and violence on health. It is now more important than ever to leverage psychological knowledge and redouble our efforts to thwart blatant acts of racism and prejudice.
Psychological science can be used to inform much-needed social changes. To create structural and lasting change, we need to engage in advocacy and activism that leads to unity, inclusion, and safety for all.
Psi Chi reaffirms its commitment to advancing diversity and social justice, and in psychological scholarship as an important way to support social change.
Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD, Psi Chi President