diversity dialogues: the blog
Dr. Chester Pierce


Chester Pierce, MD
Professor Emeritus: Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Professor Emeritus: Education, Harvard University
August, 2012

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 contact Ginette Sims at the center at gsims@partners.org

Learn about the history of our Diversity initiatives, as well as a new perspective on Cultural Sensitivity in these multimedia presentations.

Diversity Center publishes textbook
The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health incorporates information on topics such as diversity training, and strategies to use in difficult conversations.

Jessica DanielDr. Jessica Daniel receives Bonner Award
Jessica H. Daniel, Ph.D., ABPP, was named the 2015 Frances J. Bonner, MD, award recipient, following a Grand Rounds presentation. Learn more about Dr. Daniel and the Bonner Award.

































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