Position Statement on Systemic Racism
The faculty, staff, and trainees in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior are deeply concerned about national events related to social injustices that have resulted in discrimination, victimization, and deaths of Black Americans. The department categorically condemns systemic racism and acknowledges its destructive and divisive effects on our society and the ties that bind us all as members of the human race. We will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive community, provide a safe and affirming environment for all members of the department and our patients, and offer equitable and inclusive mental health care for all who seek our services. We are aware that many forms of social injustice are associated with poorer mental health outcomes, and we pledge to be at the forefront of combating such injustices and mental health care disparities. We believe that trainee education on these issues is key to putting our nation on a path of social harmony and achieving equal treatment for all persons. Our department is devoted to the task of practicing and teaching the historical, philosophical, and ethical tools needed to shape a world in which social injustice is not tolerated. We commit ourselves to the work of being compassionate advocates for equality and justice for all persons.
-I, Dr. Scott Rodgers, would like to acknowledge the efforts of members of the department who contributed to the drafting of this statement: Lais Berro, Sally Huskinson, Chris Kelly, Philip Merideth, Brittany Merrill, and Marie Porter