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Mission and Goals

Mission Statement 

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine welcomes, respects, and embraces differences in age, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, indigenous background, culture, national origin, language, religion, spiritual orientation, ability status, social class, education, veteran status, political persuasion, professional interests, and other cultural and professional dimensions. We celebrate intersectionalities among these cultural and professional dimensions and believe the energy that results from such diversity empowers us to broaden our perspectives to optimally learn, grow, advance knowledge, care for patients, and address pressing societal challenges. The Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Committee (DISC) endeavors to foster an equitable, inclusive, and socially just culture in which all members of the department feel respected, valued, and recognized for their unique and collective contributions.


  1. Increase the respect for and the value of cultural and professional diversity defined broadly within the department
  2. Promote equity for all members of the department by fostering inclusive excellence and advocating for equity and social justice
  3. Identify diversity-related challenges within the department and systematically address these difficulties with cultural humility toward the goal of full inclusion
  4. Create an environment that supports respectful and open discourse regarding differences in perspectives and beliefs that foster growth
  5. Support the successful recruitment, retention, mentorship, and promotion of diverse trainees, faculty, and staff in the department
  6. Bolster the educational programs to include comprehensive coverage of all forms of individual and cultural diversity to increase awareness, perspective taking, empathetic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact, and the provision of culturally competent care
  7. Ensure the provision of culturally responsive behavioral health services for the diverse population in Atlanta, as well regionally, nationally, and internationally
  8. Emphasize the importance of conducting culturally-informed research and other scholarly and advocacy initiatives
  9. Engage in actions that reflect our firm opposition to hate crimes
  10. Establish partnerships throughout the university and the community to disseminate a message that inspires respect, diversity, inclusion, and equity