Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Mission

To integrate principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into our organizational culture and policies in order to promote the emotional health and well-being of all employees, trainees, patients, research participants and our community. We are committed to creating a safe space that facilitates diverse thinking and representation, equal opportunity, an increased sense of belonging and decreased bias and stigma. We seek to continually evolve in our knowledge and understanding of the strengths that come from our differences and similarities, so that all are treated with dignity and respect.

Polly Gipson Allen, Ph.D., DEI Associate Chair


Syma Khan, LMSW, DEI Implementation Co-Lead 

Syma Khan received her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work with a focus on Interpersonal Practice in Children, Youth, and Families. Syma also holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Syma is the Lead Social Worker for Child Psychiatry Hospital Section and a Clinical Social Worker on the Pediatric Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry Service. Syma has extensive experience in hospital-based psychiatric services including consult, inpatient, and emergency services.

Syma’s area of clinical practice include working with children with complex medical, psychiatric, and neurodevelopmental concerns, mental health systems, and safety planning. She has been involved in developing hospital policy pertaining to patient and staff safety, educational trainings for non-psychiatric faculty and staff, as well as improving care for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.

In her role as the DEI Implementation Co-Lead for the Department of Psychiatry, she works with Psychiatry Leadership and the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion to promote DEI efforts within Psychiatry and Michigan Medicine. 


Please contact us with any questions.

Psychiatry Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Psychiatry DEI Committee provides an opportunity to develop strategic initiatives within the Department. It is comprised of faculty, staff, and other members of the Department. The Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 12-1pm via Zoom:


Meeting ID: 994 8378 6847