Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The UNMC psychiatry residency program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Our W.I.S.E. training model intentionally incorporates Inclusion as a guiding principle. 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. With the support of all department members, the GME core team works towards an environment free from discrimination and harassment in all our mission areas. We aim 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. 

Our program encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply. To broaden our applicant pool, we regularly participate in virtual recruitment activities at the regional and national levels and engage in social media. For those with minority status, we will provide mentorship and opportunities to enhance success.

The department has expanded resources toward antiracism and the promotion of diversity. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee was formed, leading the department's participation in advocacy and best practices. Examples include the Heartland Pride Parade, Safe Space Training, and Implicit Bias Training. Similarly, our department is directly connected to University leaders from the Vice Chancellor’s Office of Inclusion (Dr. Sheritta Strong), Campus Wellness (Drs. Steven Wengel and Ali Delizza), and Nebraska’s behavioral workforce development center (Dr. Marley Doyle and BHECN). Furthermore, the department participates with White Coats for Black Lives, the LGBTQIA+ Employee Alliance, and WE STRIVE (Women's Equity workgroup). 

We strive to be a model for other departments and programs.