The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior understands issues of equity and justice, and diversity and inclusion, to include national origin, race, color, religion, ability status, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We understand anti-racism to include action against systemic and institutional racial bias, embedded prejudice, discrimination, hate, and other forms of oppression of racially and ethnically minoritized groups.
We are committed to developing and continuously improving policies, practices, and climates that foster equity and justice within our clinical care, research, and education missions. We are committed to efforts that are collaborative, specific, time-based and measurable. Some examples of initiatives we have enacted during this academic year include:
FACULTY TRAINING: In April 2021, the DPHB sponsored a faculty development workshop, “Addressing Microaggressions and Acknowledging Intersectionality”, and over 100 faculty members participated.
FACULTY POLICIES: In July 2022, the DPHB will begin to require 2 hours of annual training in issues relevant to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism for all faculty reappointments.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: In October 2021, DPHB Leadership approved a proposal committing over $10,000 to offer neuropsychology screening services provided by DPHB trainees and faculty to the Rhode Island Free Clinic.
TRAINEE RECRUITMENT: Last year, faculty involved in trainee recruitment participated in workshops on “Implicit Bias Reduction for Healthcare Professionals” incorporating a focus on how privilege may influence trainee admissions. Many groups throughout DPHB are revisiting recruitment and admissions processes to consider sources of bias and actively work to address them.