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. As such, 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, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. In 2020, we participated in four virtual recruitment activities, regional and national, to broaden our applicant pool. Our program encouraged 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 promotion of diversity. As such, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee was formed to create a conversational space and solutions. Similarly, our department is firmly connected to University leaders from the Office of Inclusion (Dr. Sheritta Strong and Ms. Jhoanna Olmos), Campus Wellness (Drs. Steven Wengel 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.
Our department current faculty boasts sixteen women who represent 50% of paid department faculty. Nearly 60% of faculty completed their residency training outside of Nebraska. Two faculty 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 develop a program under the W.I.S.E. model, we will plan to evolve, and “I” will represent inclusion beginning in the academic year 2021-22. We will continue our journey to listen, learn and implement.