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Accomplishments

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee (DISC) was launched in January 2017. The committee is comprised of faculty members, trainees (residents, fellows, psychology interns and postdoctoral residents), and staff. Since its inception, the DISC has

  • Developed a mission and goals statement
  • Created a logo
  • Launched a website
  • Revised the residents’ diversity curriculum and assumed responsibility for this curriculum
  • Created a diversity consultation service - consultants for various diversity topics related to race, ethnicity, language, disability, religion, sexual orientation, sexual identity, refugees and immigration, and implicit bias, etc that are available to consult regarding patient care, educational, and/or research matters
  • Sponsored 1-2 grand rounds speakers each year and received consultation from the speaker (e.g., Muslim mental Health, transgender behavioral health, implicit bias in healthcare)
  • Provided psychoeducational workshops to youth at a local refugee community center
  • Partnered with colleagues to provide asylum evaluations
  • Sponsored programs for the department and family members related to diversity (e.g., reading of a children’s book about talking to children about racial injustice written by current and former faculty members)
  • Offered monthly information in the department newsletter about key days in the Diversity Calendar (when possible, individuals associated with a particular demographic group share their personal experiences as well as factual information about a particular day)
  • Sponsored panel discussions and workshops related to diversity (e.g., Transgender Panel, presentation and then discussion about unconscious bias)
  • Prioritized having a member of the DISC available for each of the residency recruitment days so that resident applicants could ask questions about DISC and the department and program’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity
  • Updated training brochures to be clear about welcoming international students
  • Developed and disseminated communications to the department in response to hate crimes
  • Received consultations from grand rounds speakers about current activities and future initiatives
  • Co-sponsored a department-wide forum related to improving the departmental culture related to diversity, equity, and inclusion