*** As a requirement for graduation from University of the Rockies with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Dissertation Handbook .
Beyond relationship-building benefits, organizations also gain valuable cultural knowledge that will help them better understand the needs of the community they serve. For example, an employee with a disability may be more keenly aware of the needs of others in the disability community, and can act as an excellent resource for the identification of relevant goods and services for both community members and potential employees. Similarly, employees from diverse ethnic or linguistic backgrounds are better able to serve people from their communities, as well as increase the language and cultural capacity in an organization.
New legislation in Ontario, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), ensures that everyone who lives or visits the province can equally benefit from the goods and services businesses have to offer. To find out more visit the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services .
Regardless of the province in which an organization resides, employers can make use of the following tools to support the creation of accessible services: Accessibility Standard for Customer Service: Getting Started Guide for Employers and the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service : Template Plan .
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Broadening community engagement In addition to providing better service, increased diversity means casting a wider net to connect with a greater variety of people, and access broader and deeper networks. Such increased community engagement can result in important links with potential members, new employees, volunteers, donors and supporters. This diversity can result in further reach, greater visibility and a much broader base of support.
Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Executive (CDE) Program | Blended Learning
New Cohort Starts September 21, 2017 Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Professional (CDP) Seminar | Blended Learning Mumbai, India | New Cohort Starts September 1, 2017 Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Professional (CDP) Seminar | San Francisco, CA
October 17-20, 2017 Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Trainer (CDT) Seminar | San Francisco, CA November 14-17, 2017 Certified Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Professionals Conference | Location TBD