The Weill Cornell Psychiatry Residency Council for Diversity & Inclusion (RCDI) is committed both to nurturing a supportive community of diverse individuals and to ameliorating mental health disparities, first acknowledging that psychiatry itself is an institution of privilege built on the same foundation as other institutions where structural oppression resides, then working from this assumption to spark introspection, growth, and action among residents.
RCDI is led by our Department of Psychiatry’s Chief Resident for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The Chief Resident alongside RCDI’s Co-Chairs, who are third-year residents.
RCDI is also comprised of a Steering Committee, which includes residents from all post-graduate years, collaborating to affect our mission and aims.
RCDI works closely with the NYP/Weill Cornell Medicine Psychiatry Diversity Council which leads similar initiatives for the entire department.
The Chief Resident for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Department of Psychiatry will help to further cultivate an inclusive, equitable and supportive environment for all residents, particularly residents who are underrepresented minorities. The Chief Resident will collaborate with the department, of psychiatry, RCDI, and the other chief residents to consistently assess, develop and promote such an environment, including through active involvement in recruitment, education curriculum and department programming, such as grand rounds speakers.
The Council is proud of its programming thus far, including the initiatives below. The Council looks forward to coordinating future initiatives, with support from the department.
A space to get together to support one another and our community while “breaking bread” over department-funded dinner.
Each Friday from 12-1pm, the residency hosts a luncheon discussion series for all residents focused on topics ranging from clinical ones (like journal club, M&Ms or “doctor on call” series) to resident well-being (continuing the conversation) to program-related matters (eg, recruitment). The residency supports RCDI in organizing 3-4 of these series per year.
Examples of sessions from the 2020-2021 academic year:
Partnering with the Education Department and Department Diversity Council in establishing Diversity Reading Groups.
Collaboration with New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College partners through:
If you would like more information about RCDI, please reach out to any of the residents on RCDI’s 2020-2021 Steering Committee this academic year:
Clark Johnsen | firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Ahern | email@example.com
Rosemary Busch Conn | firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Menand | email@example.com
Nicholas Romano | firstname.lastname@example.org
Adeolu Ilesanmi | email@example.com
Koryalys Edwards | firstname.lastname@example.org
Reile Slattery | email@example.com