Diversity & Inclusion

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The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is diligent in fostering excellence in teaching, research and clinical service. We recognize excellence is reached through the vibrant exchange of ideas, which thrives when people from a multitude of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and viewpoints collaborate. We uphold an environment of inclusivity, equal opportunity and accessibility. We are committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere where similarities and differences are celebrated, mutual respect is cultivated and intellectual growth is fueled.

Goals & Activities

Recruitment & Retention

  • Representation from D&I Committee on all new faculty search committees
  • Attend Graduate Medical Education Diversity Support Forum
  • Strategic mentorship efforts

Departmental Climate

  • Coordinate Office of Equity and Diversity Certificate Program opportunities
  • Order and distribute "All Are Welcome Here" buttons and signs
  • Develop and administer a department-specific climate survey

Research/Clinical Services

  • Review clinic toys/books/games, seating and informational pamphlets to ensure they are representative of the populations we serve and are culturally sensitive/appropriate
  • Develop research marketing materials that represent a diverse population
  • Build a partnership with the Research Council



Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum "Can We Talk About Race? Why We Don't and Why We Should" - Grand Rounds, April 2019



Katie Lingras and Danielle Vrieze

We Katie Lingras (r) and Danielle Vrieze (l) are privileged to lead this group of dedicated and passionate individuals from across roles and sectors within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. One of our favorite quotes which drives our work in the EDI space is "go where you're celebrated, not just where you're tolerated." We strive to celebrate all of our department members in coming to work as our authentic selves and for our work to better the clinical care and research encounters we offer our community members. Coincidentally, we both went to the same undergrad institution (didn't know each other), met in graduate school at ICD, and unknowingly returned to the U at the same time. Our shared interests of early childhood mental health and EDI work have allowed us to collaborate on so many things in the past few years, and we are excited to see this committee and the department continue to grow in our EDI and antiracism journey. If diversity is being invited to the dance, inclusion is being asked to dance, and belonging is hearing "your song" come on and being able to groove to beats that are comfortable and familiar, we are ready to turn up the music!