The 30 Day Challenge - Participate Now!

The Department of Psychiatry’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee’s 30-day Challenge begins today!  This is a great way to keep your DEI skills sharp.  So, check it out, and get engrossed in the daily activities.  

Please help spread the word or find an accountability partner to finish out the month strong.  Download the challenge below, and enjoy!



Our Vision | Department of Psychiatry

The CU Department of Psychiatry sets the standard for Education and Training of leaders in psychiatry and mental health care, conducts ground-breaking Research that aims to eradicate suffering due to psychiatric and substance use disorders, provides ready access to state of-the-art mental health preventions and interventions across the continuum of care, and collaborates with the community and other key stakeholders to promote well-being among all Coloradans. We accomplish this vision in a manner that respects, values and advocates for the dignity and worth of each individual and family.


Our Mission | Department of Psychiatry

Core Mission: We provide a safe, equitable and inclusive environment for trainees, faculty, staff, and patients.  We bridge the gaps of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, ability status, religion, political beliefs, socioeconomic status and any other factors related to systemic oppression by trusting and honoring each other and our differences. Our Department promotes unbiased recruitment of qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds in all mission areas.  We focus on retention, career advancement and promotion through empowering individuals and creating an environment that facilitates continuous growth and success.

Education and Training Mission: Through our educational programs, we train medical students, graduate students, residents, psychology interns, fellows, and practicing health care professionals to be future leaders in mental health and behavioral health disciplines.  We train leaders who recognize and work to eradicate health inequities that weaken families and communities.

Research Mission: Our interdisciplinary research programs produce new knowledge regarding the causes of mental illness and substance use disorders as well as the psychosocial, behavioral and sociocultural aspects of physical and mental health conditions. We identify, develop, and implement new, early prevention strategies and novel interventions to improve the lives of all human beings.  We seek to be rigorous and inclusive in all of our scientific endeavors. 

Clinical Care Mission: Through state-of-the-art clinical services, we deliver a full range of mental health and behavioral health interventions for patients and their families. These include neurobehavioral assessments, psychotherapy, behavioral change and health promotion strategies, neuromodulation and psychopharmacology services that recognize the wealth of cultural knowledge on how social contexts impact physical and psychological well-being. 

Community and Advocacy Mission: We work with our local communities, affiliated institutions, and state and federal government agencies to promote strategies for increasing mental health awareness, reducing stigma, identifying and eliminating health disparities, and standing against discrimination and harassment to all members in our community. 


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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.