World Autism Awareness Day | Friday April 2, 2021

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Voices of Adults with ASD  This video profiles four adults living with autism as they share their personal stories including their challenges, strengths, advice and hopes/beliefs about the future. 


Young Adults with ASD talk about Life Beyond High School This video depicts a conversation between two young adults with ASD as they discuss their transition from high school, as well as topics such as gender and sexuality, relationships and what has helped them over the years.  There is a “then and now” component to the film, as the two young people first met when they were teenagers and were reunited for making of the film. 






DOPsych Stands with the AAPI Community

Recommended resources on the history and experience of the AAPI Community:

  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning | Cathy Park
  • The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of Girlhood Among Ghosts | Maxine Hong Kingston
  • The Unpassing | Chia-Chia Lin
  • Dear Girls | Ali Wong
  • Model Minority Imperialism | Victor Bascara
  • The Leavers | Lisa Ko
  • Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans David Eng and Shinhee Han   
  • Interior Chinatown | Charles Yu
  • Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White | Frank Wu 
  • Eyes That Kiss In the Corners Joanna Ho (children's book)
  • We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation | Jeff Chang



The Purpose of DEI

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is to support the Department of Psychiatry’s faculty, staff, and trainees in promoting a culture of excellence, inclusivity and mutual respect. We are committed to continuous education, sustaining cultural humility, and effective action related to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in all facets and all levels of the Department of Psychiatry.

Our DEI Committee

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is composed of senior faculty, staff, administration, PRAs and trainees.  This group currently include individuals of various race/ethnicities and sexual orientation at all levels who are  committed to creating a diverse department and celebrates differences in all forms. All members of the department are welcome to join this group

The DEI group meets monthly and there are several sub-committees (recruitment/retention/art/curriculum/website) to ensure the group accomplishes the numerous planned goals.  This is an opportunity to ensure we consistently engage those with in marginalized communities, so that they have the opportunity to grow, contribute and develop regardless of their identity.   


Our DEI Leadership

Shaleeta Pearson, BA Chief Diversity Officer

Shaleeta Flagg, BA | Chief Diversity Officer

(Pronouns: She/Her/Hers) Shaleeta currently serves the DOPsych as Executive Assistant to Neill Epperson, MD (Professor and Department Chair) and Melissa Sinclair (Department Director of Finance and Administration) and as a notary public. As an executive professional with more than twenty-five years of experience, her diverse skillset and qualifications has made her an asset to the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. Shaleeta takes pleasure in working with a diverse community of people and past experiences have heightened her ability to quickly digest issues and work toward solutions.


Robert Davies, MD | Interim Vice Chair of DEI

(Pronouns: He/Him/His) Robert Davies, MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is Vice Chair of Education, and Interim Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Psychiatry, where he is also the Program Director for psychiatry residency training. Dr. Davies is the co-founder and director of the UCHealth LGBTQ Mental Health Clinic and co-founder of the UCHealth Integrated Transgender Program.


APA Issues Apology to Black, Indigenous and People of Color for Its Support of Structural Racism in Psychiatry (3)

APA Issues Apology to Black, Indigenous and People of Color for Its Support of Structural Racism in Psychiatry (2)


Most people don’t even think about the pronouns by which they want to be referred – and certainly almost automatically assign pronouns to others based on that individual’s outward appearance or assumption of their gender. For the vast majority of people, pronouns just don’t seem that important. For transgender and gender diverse individuals, however, pronouns are vitally important in affirming their own gender identity. Consider adding your pronouns to your e-mail signature to show your commitment to inclusion. These simple acts speak volumes to our transgender and gender diverse colleagues and patients. Also, when meeting someone for the first time, don’t assume which pronouns they use (or that they know which pronouns you use). Introduce yourself with your name and then simply state, “I use she/her/hers (or he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.)”, which pronouns do you use?” You’ll show that you care and respect that individual’s identity and sense of self.