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Diversity Committee

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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 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 
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."


Read the APA motion on the conflict in Ukraine.

Stop AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Hate, a coalition that has tracked anti-Asian violence during the pandemic, received 3,795 reports of hate incidents between March 2020 and February 2021. A study published earlier in March 2021 by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, a nonpartisan research center, showed a significant rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans from 2019 to 2020. Advocates for the Asian American community attribute this increase to the pandemic and erroneously blaming Asian Americans for the coronavirus. We are united in our stand against racism, stereotypes and xenophobia including that directed toward Asian Americans.

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.

Diversity and COVID-19
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, download our list of resources pdf.

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 

Daily Doses -- Week of February 1
Daily Doses -- Week of February 8
Daily Doses -- Week of February 15
Daily Doses -- Week of February 24

We annually present 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)

Bre-Ann Slay, Psy.D. (Clinical child psychology fellow)

J.P. Martell, M.D. (Psychiatry resident)
Kara Nishimuta, Ph.D. (Onco-psychology fellow)

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of Kansas Medical Center
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6433
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