Hands as a heart 3 The Collin County Psychological Association (CCPA) is committed to fostering and maintaining an environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fully integrated into everything we do for the benefit of our members and the community that we serve. To fully realize our goal, we prioritize our understanding of the complexities of DEI within our framework to inform our approach. We believe that this guides how we do our work.

We believe that diversity is the presence and celebration of difference that enriches our environment, including identity-focused characteristics, such as gender, gender identity, race, religion, ethnicity, culture, national origin, age, orientation, disability, language and socio-economic status. We also believe that equity is the presence of and commitment to fair treatment, access and opportunity for all, where individuals are not at a disadvantage because of their identities. And we believe that inclusion is how we demonstrate our commitment to diversity and equity and is at the center of our efforts to build an intentional culture that fosters feelings of belonging and honors the differences of our colleagues and members. Inclusion ensures that individuals with different identities are valued, leveraged and welcome within our organization.

Our commitment to DEI does not mean that we must agree on everything, nor does it mean that those who do not agree cannot be part of our community. What our commitment does mean is that our differences drive our need to be inclusive, respectful of each other and that we take seriously our professional, ethical and legal responsibilities to honor each other’s right to be different.