"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences' Diversity Committee was created in 2017 and is a community of like-minded individuals committed to creating and maintaining a space for discussing diversity, talking about diversity related issues and concerns, reviewing literature, discussing cases and seeking ways to make diversity an ongoing priority within the department.
Our mission statement
To nurture a safe, inclusive and diverse environment with openness, respect, collegiality and curiosity in both academic and clinical arenas. We aim to utilize this environment to encourage opportunities for meaningful contributions to the greater good in ways that make a difference in the world around us.
• Cultural competence reflected in areas of education, training, research, clinical work and outreach
• Identify and reduce barriers to prioritizing cultural competence and sensitivity
• Dedicate time and resources to both the academic medical center and community
• Committee is to act as a liaison and supporter of other medical center, academic and community groups, including the EVC's Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet
• Keep department aware of opportunities to participate in diversity related events and trainings across the campus
"Diversity is about embracing differences and recognizing the amazing things that are possible when it's woven into an organization's culture."
The Diversity Committee annually presents a Diversity Award to two trainees in the department. Established in memory of Ravinder Goswami, M.D., a graduate of the general psychiatry program who passed away in 2018, the honor recognizes trainees who exhibit the committee's mission of promoting diversity and inclusion within the department and the community. The committee will begin presenting a faculty/staff diversity award in 2020.
Naveen Khanzada, M.D. (Child and adolescent psychiatry fellow)
Ashley Rhodes, Ph.D. (Clinical psychology intern)
Angela Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Spencer Harrison, M.D. (Child and adolescent psychiatry fellow)
The Diversity Committee meets at Noon on the third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome, including residents, interns and fellows. For more information, questions or to submit a diversity topic, article or concern (clinical or professional), contact co-chairs Elizabeth Muenks, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Micaela Wexler, D.O. (email@example.com).