Equity Trainings and Initiatives

Centering Equity in Education

June 15th, 2021
Sponsored by Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion and Department of Psychiatry Residency Program

  • Welcome Message by Dr. Patrice Harris, MO, MA
    Visiting Professor Psychiatry at CUMC, Former President of AMA (American Medical Association); Columbia Department of Psychiatry Advisor
  • Moderated by Dr. Jean Marie Alves-Bradford, MD 
    Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC
  • Featuring:
    • Dr. Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
      Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Director of Faculty Development for Education; Teaching Associate Professor at UC Davis
      Topic: Promoting Inclusion in Academic Medicine by Addressing Microaggressions
    • Dr. Alex Pieterse, PhD
      Doctoral Training Director, Counseling Psychology; Associate Professor, Educational and Counseling Psychology at University at Albany
      Topic: Attending to Race in Clinical Supervision
    • Dr. Nhi-Ha Trinh, MD, MPH
      Director, Massachusets General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Director, Hinton Society - Harvard Medical School
      Topic: Centering Cultural Humility in Psychiatric Education
  • Closing Remarks by Dr. Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD
    Director of Residency Training and Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry
  • Resources:

Stop AAPI Hate: How to Support Our Patients, Trainees, Faculty, and Staff

April 6th, 2021
Sponsored by Department of Psychiatry Residency Program and Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion 
Featuring: Dr. Francis Lu
Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus at UC Davis Health System



Underrepresented in Medicine Trainee Disrupting Racism Workshops

March 22nd, April 26th, May 11th, June 7th, September 23rd; 2021

Sponsored by Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Columbia University,
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA), Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons,
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Columbia Department of Psychiatry

We are working with ODMA to offer URiM medical trainees a space for conversation and support within a series of coping-with-racism workshops. This is an opportunity to discuss resilience strategies around racism in the medical center environment. We invite you to join us to learn from each other and experienced URiM faculty.

We know that microaggressions take a toll psychologically and physically. In addition to sharing experiences and coping strategies, trainees will have the opportunity to practice published racism response tools, wellness and self-care skills. These workshops are specifically focused on how to cope in the midst of greater advocacy efforts for change.

  • Featuring:
    • Dr. Jean-Marie Alves-Bradford
      Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    • Dr. Angela Coombs
      Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
    • Dr. Hetty Cunningham
      Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC, Director of Equity and Justice in Curricular Affairs, VP&S
    • Prema Filippone, PhD
      Candidate School of Social Work
    • Dr. Steven Lee-Kong
      Assistant Professor of Surgery
    • Dr. Daniel Neghassi
      Instructor in Clinical Medicine


Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Open Forum

March 16th, 2021

This event is an information gathering session to give everyone in the department the opportunity to share their opinions with us. During the event, we will share a brief presentation of current and planned activities and then separate into breakout rooms (clinical, education, research) to generate discussion in smaller groups.