Five honored for work in DEI

On January 26, the UNMC Department of Psychiatry handed out five DEI Legacy awards. The award is presented to faculty, staff or trainees who exemplify a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in service, teaching, and/or advocacy for a long-lasting legacy.

This year’s recipients are:

David Cates, PhD

David consistently showed up to department DEI meetings as a minority in the group.  He always demonstrated a commitment to learning and/or unlearning principles related to being more inclusive in the department.  And not afraid to admit that he just learned something.

  • Sheritta Strong, MD, MBA, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Inclusion

Marley Doyle, MD

Marley advocates locally and nationally about the importance of disability as an element of a strong DEI program.  

– Howard Liu, MD, MBA, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry

Thomas Magnuson, MD

Dr. Thomas Magnuson’s commitment to treating those in underserved communities has been unwavering throughout his clinical career: serving rural Nebraska, where he has been doing telehealth long before it was “a thing,” treating patients on Native American reservations, and seeing patients in nursing homes who would otherwise have poor access to high quality psychiatric care. The impact he makes on underserved communities is multiplied many times over by the students and residents who rotate with him and learn by his example of dedicated service. 

  • Melissa O’Dell, MD

Annie Moriarty, CPSS

Annie is incredible with embracing diversity while respectfully educating others, as needed. She’s an amazing advocate for indigenous people especially and celebrates each other’s cultural and individual differences. I always learn something new when I work with Annie, and she empowers others to be inclusive, and she is not afraid to speak out when something is wrong.

  • Jennifer Sparrock, LICSW

Jennifer Sparrock, LICSW

Jennifer is always willing to show up and be supportive of efforts on campus and in the community for persons of marginalized backgrounds. 

  • Sheritta Strong, MD, MBA, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Inclusion

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