NONDISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY
The North Dakota Association of School Psychologists (NDASP) is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and the promotion of equal opportunity, fairness, justice, and respect for all persons. NDASP works to ensure that the association, graduate education programs, and settings in which school psychologists work are safe and welcoming and provide equal opportunity to all persons regardless of actual or perceived characteristics, including race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, language, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, cognitive capabilities, social–emotional skills, developmental level, chronic illness, or any other personal identity or distinguishing characteristic. Discrimination is defined as acting toward people in a manner that results in adverse impact because they share similar characteristics or because they are from specific groups. NDASP follows the National Association of School Psychologist’s (NASP)’s values and standards about nondiscrimination, equal opportunity,fairness, and social justice as described in its 2010 Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists, Standards for the Credentialing of School Psychologists, Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services, and Principles for Professional Ethics.
Consistent with the values and standards of NASP, it is the policy of NDASP that:
This policy aligns with NASP’s mission of identifying appropriate evidence-based education and mental health services for all children; implementing professional practices that are empirically supported, data driven, and culturally competent; promoting professional competence of school psychologists; recognizing the essential components of high quality graduate education and professional development in school psychology; preparing school psychologists to deliver a continuum of services for children, youth, families, and schools; and advocating for the value of school psychological services among other important initiatives.
Adopted by the NDASP Member Assembly October 3, 2019.
S/ Tamara Waters-Wheeler