The Department of Psychiatry’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is a dynamic group that is dedicated to support the needs of faculty, staff, and students in order to achieve academic, professional, and personal success while strengthening the overall environment to value and foster diversity and inclusion.
We are committed to fostering and supporting a climate of inclusion and diversity and look forward to being a diverse department where faculty, residents, fellows, staff, and students represent differing cultural, ethnic, gender, gender identity, political, socio-economic, and sexual orientation backgrounds.
Our work is geared toward building a diverse department that offers a rich environment that leads to greater knowledge, understanding, acceptance, and mutual respect. We celebrate diversity and value everyone’s contribution.
Through our efforts of inclusion, we hope to ensure that everyone at the department understands that intolerance is unacceptable, and that all members of the community should be openly included in conversations, programs, and initiatives. We look forward to developing initiatives that foster a diverse and inclusive campus environment, and to assist in developing productive solutions for obstacles faced by faculty, staff, and students in our department.
We hope to continue promoting awareness of the diverse cultures within the department by fostering activities that highlight individuals cultural, ethnic, and affinity backgrounds while acting as an advocate for interests and concerns of members within the department.
Cultural Highlight of the Month
The Diversity and Inclusion committee hosts a monthly Cultural Highlight Event, in which anyone in the Department of Psychiatry can volunteer to share their own life experiences and cultural backgrounds with other Department members. These presentations have allowed all members to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive work environment. Some cultural backgrounds covered thus far include Yoruba, Costa Rican, Chinese/Taiwanese, and rural American!
The department’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee was established in 2019, shortly after Laine Young-Walker, MD, became chair of the department. In her first faculty meeting as chair, she expressed a goal of creating a group to champion diversity and inclusion, which she saw as her No. 1 priority. Rasha ElKady, MD, is the committee’s first chair. The first committee meeting was in December 2019, and the committee has been working on fulfilling its goals and objectives ever since.
Committee Board Officers
See our list of board officers below, and click the bio button on each profile to learn more about each person and to learn why he or she joined the committee.