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Office of Diversity, Inclusion,
Culture, & Equity (DICE)

Thank you for joining us for the 2023 DICE Summer Series!
Healing the Healer: Discussions and Practices for Troubling Times

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Our Mission

In partnership with our Psychiatry community, we promote a culture of respect and the building of a healthy work environment through collaborative learning, dialogue, and role modeling.

Our Vision 

A department of Psychiatry described by all as a great place to work, train, receive care, and flourish.

2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week

Past, Present and Future: Rochester’s Civil Rights Journey Towards an Equitable Future. 
View videos from this year's celebration week below.  A discussion of the film July 1964 and a new film Redlining with filmmaker and producer Carvin Eison was also presented, but not recorded. 


Present and Future of Rochester in our journey towards Civil Rights and an Equitable Future


Tribute to Rev. Dr. John S. Walker and his words on Black Classical Music and Mental Health


Rochester’s MLK Choir Performance and readings of MLK Jr.'s Letters from Birmingham jail

silhouettes of different types of people

Diversity and Inclusion are Core Values of the Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry with over 1500 faculty and staff members, is committed to improving the well-being of the diverse communities we serve, including patients, their families, our workforce, and the surrounding community.

This commitment guides the implementation of our four mission areas of Education, Clinical Care, Research and Community Engagement.

Cultural humility guides our efforts in responding to the needs of patients, staff, faculty, and trainees from racially, ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse groups.

Cultural humility is a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique, which includes an acknowledgment and openness to learning from others and a desire to fix power imbalances where none ought to exist.

Through the Department’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion Culture, & Equity (DICE) we communicate and disseminate educational activities and training that contribute to culturally sensitive care and support a respectful, diverse, and inclusive department environment. We facilitate and help ensure that institutional initiatives related to diversity, inclusion, and equity are communicated and adhered to.

The Department of Psychiatry's Equity & Anti-racism Plan 

We know racism is a dehumanizing way of thinking which leads to behaviors that affect our mental, spiritual, and physical health. It not only affects our patients, but the professional community that is our Department of Psychiatry. At the same time that we recognize that institutional racism remains a significant problem in our society and that its presence has shaped our medical center community since its founding, we also believe that as a community, we have the courage, compassion and fortitude to overcome such racism and assure no one is alone in their struggle. We remain committed to working with our community partners, institutional leadership and our co-workers towards creating a department of psychiatry that is safe, welcoming, and nurturing for all who seek our services. We welcome conversations, although often uncomfortable, that bring us closer to an antiracist psychiatry community. 


DICE Board

Nominated representatives from the Department’s five divisions who discuss and create opportunities for enhancing diversity and inclusion.


Leadership Team

The collaborative team who works with a broad representation of department members through our DICE Board.

Contact Us

Office for Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity (DICE)
Department of Psychiatry
University of Rochester Medical Center

300 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone: (585) 273-4491
DICE Email

Diversity Resources

Summer Series Handouts

  • Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization Continuum PDF
  • Color Blindness to Social Change Continuum PDF