diversity dialogues: the blog
Dr. Chester Pierce
Chester Pierce, MD
Professor Emeritus: Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Professor Emeritus: Education, Harvard University
How much awareness of diversity was there when you first came to MGH?
The concept certainly wasn’t popular like it is now, but [when I arrived] it was the tail end of the civil rights movement, so there was lots of action to get more people of different backgrounds and to try to make sure there was fairness and more patient participation as part of the culture of the times. …The fervor was countrywide, but the city [of Boston] had been pretty open for much of its long history.
Boston lost a lot of its reputation during [the 1970s and 1980s] because of highly publicized negative events like the busing [crisis], and it’s never regained the position it had during the 1940s as a bastion of liberality.
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Dept. of Psychiatry
Center for Diversity
The Center for Diversity grew out of a committee, convened in 1998 by Chief of Psychiatry, Dr. Ned Cassem, in response to then MGH President, Dr. James Mongan’s hospital wide initiative to identify problems and develop a diversity plan for the Department of Psychiatry. Over the years, the Committee has been fortunate to have the participation of dedicated departmental staff and trainees, enabling its expanded scope as a Center.
This website provides important information about diversity initiatives within our Department, as well as our collaborations across the Hospital and Harvard Medical School. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about the history of our Diversity initiatives, as well as a new perspective on Cultural Sensitivity in these multimedia presentations.
The Diversity Center is now seeking nominations for this year's Francis J. Bonner MD diversity award. Please click here for a nomination form.This award has been established to recognize an individual mental health professional who has overcome adversity and has made significant contributions to the field of psychiatry and /or the care of minority communities.
Eligibility: Any United States professional who has made a significant and pioneering contribution to the field of mental health in a research, clinical or administrative capacity, who is from an under-represented minority background and/or has faced significant sociocultural adversity.
Nominations will be accepted from within the MGH Department of Psychiatry and should include a brief letter describing significant contributions, with specific details regarding the candidate’s qualifications for the award. Self-nominations will be accepted. The deadline for receipt of nominations is March 17, 2014. The recipient will be asked to give a presentation of his or her work at a Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Grand Rounds.