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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Diversity Advisory Committee

Founded in 1999, the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) explores and addresses the diversity needs of the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Chaired from its inception by Russell Lim, M.D., the DAC is comprised of faculty members and trainees interested in cultural competence and diversity issues related to training, clinical services and research.  Meetings are held monthly to address these needs within the department. An article about the DAC was published in 2008 by Academic Psychiatry.

Three recent accomplishments of DAC are:

Click here for a complete list of the DAC's accomplishments from 1999 to 2009.

Cultural diversity at UC Davis

The University of California has a system-wide diversity statement approved by the Board of Regents supporting diversity as integral to the University of California’s mission and excellence.

The UC Davis School of Medicine serves as an ideal training site for cultural competency in psychiatry based upon three criteria: diversity of patient population, “critical mass” of interested faculty/residents, and support of the administration. The School has an Office of Student and Resident Diversity and the Health System has adopted nationally recognized standards for cultural competence.

Hailed by Time magazine as America’s most diverse city, Sacramento boasts one of the most culturally diverse patient populations in the country. At the same time, ethnic minority faculty members represent a third of the total faculty. These faculty serve as models and mentors for psychiatry residents interested in cultural competency and diversity, ethnic minority residents interested in academic psychiatry, as well as ethnic minority medical students interested in a career in psychiatry.