The UNMC psychiatry residency program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We recognize disparities in society and condemn racism and discrimination. We support our students, patients, and colleagues who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in confronting racial injustice and inequity. Attitudes favoring hatred, intolerance, and violence have no place in our program or department. The GME core team, clinical and research leaders, with the support of all department members work towards an environment free from discrimination and harassment in all our mission areas. Our goal is to create an environment where trainees can thrive, be supported, and learn.
Residency recruitment follows the University of Nebraska’s Equal Employment Opportunity statutes. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, or political affiliation in our programs, activities, or employment. In 2020-21, we participated in four virtual recruitment activities, regional and national, to broaden our applicant pool. Our program encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply. For those with minority status, we will provide mentorship and opportunities to enhance success.
The department has increased efforts in and resources toward antiracism and the promotion of diversity. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee was formed, and they have led our participation with the Heartland Pride Parade, Safe Space Training, and Implicit Bias Training. Similarly, our department is firmly connected to University leaders from the Vice Chancellor’s Office of Inclusion (Dr. Sheritta Strong), Campus Wellness (Drs. Steven Wengel, Ali Delizza, and Kati Cordts), and Nebraska’s behavioral workforce development center (Dr. Marley Doyle and BHECN). Our residency core team will work closely with stakeholders and leadership. Furthermore, the department participates with White Coats for Black Lives, the LGBTQIA+ Employee Alliance, and WE STRIVE (Women's Equity workgroup).
As of September 2021, our department faculty boasts seventeen women who represent the majority of paid department faculty. Nearly 60% of faculty completed their residency training outside of Nebraska. Three are graduates of international medical schools. We also have a spectrum of diversity in our administrative personnel, and they are committed to promoting our ideals.
A diversity of backgrounds and ideas provides strength and supports excellence. We will strive to be a model for other departments.
Finally, while we have been proud to develop a program under the WISE model, we continue to evolve. Formerly Interprofessional education, the “I” now represents Inclusion beginning in 2021-22. We will continue our journey to listen, learn and implement.