The mission of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to intentionally support the Department of Psychiatry’s community in advancing a culture of authenticity, belonging, inclusivity, and mutual respect.
We are committed to leading transformational education, working toward cultural humility, and taking impactful actions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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.