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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Devereux, we believe diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is fundamental to providing the highest quality of services. We will continuously engage in anti-racist work across our organization and strive to dismantle systemic and structural racism, starting with ourselves. We are deeply committed to racial justice and equity as an employer and as a healthcare provider. We denounce racism in all forms.

Devereux has committed to a multi-year, organizational transformation related to the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. We consider this a critical component to the fulfillment of our mission, as well as the promise of our Family Standard. Our DEI effort is led by a Steering Committee comprised of members of Devereux’s senior leadership team, as well as a diverse group of team members from across the country to ensure both forward momentum and regional relevancy.

In September 2020, Devereux partnered with Lion’s Story, which prepares individuals and organizations to navigate and resolve racially charged situations using research-based strategies. Lion’s Story was founded by Dr. Howard C. Stevenson, a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher on negotiating racial conflicts using racial literacy. Devereux formally launched its organizational transformation for 7,500+ team members in November 2020 with a virtual workshop featuring Dr. Stevenson, who shared strategies to reduce, recast and resolve the stress of in-the-moment, face-to-face racial encounters.

We invite you to look below to read stories about our ongoing DEI efforts, as well as communications from Devereux’s senior leadership team about our commitment to combatting racism.

Articles about our DEI efforts

Dr. Howard Stevenson   Devereux hosts Diversity, Equity and Inclusion event featuring Lion’s Story’s founder Dr. Howard Stevenson

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health formally launched its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion organizational transformation with a virtual workshop for its 7,500-plus staff featuring Lion’s Story founder Dr. Howard Stevenson, a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher on negotiating racial conflicts using racial literacy.

Communications from Devereux’s leaders

Rhea Fernandes, Psy.D.   Devereux SVP and Chief Operating Officer Rhea Fernandes’ message about the organization’s DEI efforts

Read this message from Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rhea Fernandes, Psy.D., to all Devereux staff about the organization’s DEI efforts.

Leah Yaw   Devereux SVP and Chief Strategy Officer Leah Yaw’s Juneteenth message

Read this message from Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Office Leah Yaw recognizing Juneteenth.

Yolanda Graham   Devereux SVP and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham’s message about combatting racism

Read this message from Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D., to all Devereux staff, regarding her personal experiences related to racism, and steps Devereux will take to combat racism moving forward.

Carl E. Clark   Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark’s message regarding racial inequality in our country

Read this message from Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II in response to the deaths of George Floyd, and others in the Black community, and resulting civil unrest across our country.