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Diversity Committee

Psychiatry Dept. Diversity Committee

"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 Diversity Committee is celebrating Black History Month with Black History Daily Doses, short anecdotes highlighting some lesser known, but no less notable, Black people and dates that have contributed greatly to our society and history.

Daily Doses -- Week of February 1
Daily Doses -- Week of February 8 
Daily Doses -- Week of February 15 
Daily Doses -- Week of February 22 


The Diversity Committee stands in solidarity and supports the ongoing fight against the continued racism Black people face in this country. This committee remains committed to supporting our Black colleagues, trainees and students, with steadfast support for all marginalized groups. We are here to offer a supportive and safe environment to anyone who wishes to air feelings, learn, ask uncomfortable questions and process.

It's true, all of us are in the midst of a global pandemic, but we also know people here in the United States and around the world are experiencing the COVID-19 health crisis in very different ways, based on their ethnicity, race, gender identity, socioeconomic status or challenges with violence in the home, for example. To learn more and find ways you can help, visit our resource page.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences' Diversity Committee was created in 2017. We are 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.

Join us
We meet 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. ( and Hannah Katz, Psy.D. (

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.

Our objectives
• 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

Psychiatry Diversity Committee

"Diversity is about embracing differences and recognizing the amazing things that are possible when it's woven into an organization's culture."

Diversity Award
We 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. In 2020, we will begin presenting a faculty/staff diversity award.

Award winners
Naveen Khanzada, M.D. (Child and adolescent psychiatry fellow)
Ashley Rhodes, Ph.D. (Clinical psychology intern)

Spencer Harrison, M.D. (Child and adolescent psychiatry fellow)
Angela Gutierrez, Ph.D. (Clinical psychology intern)

Nadia Saina, M.D. (Psychiatry resident)
Hannah Katz, Psy.D. (Onco-psychology fellow)

Diversity Committee newsletters
February 2020
April 2019
August 2018

Last modified: Feb 22, 2021