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2014 Center for Diversity Spring Speaker Series

Date: 04/23/2014
Location: Ether Dome, 4th floor, Bulfinch

Dr. Ezra GriffithEzra Griffith, MD spoke on the subject of 'belonging', specifically, the mental energy people from minority communities and women spend on the question of "do I belong" and he will be reflecting on his own career in an academic institution as it pertains to this question.

This presentation is part of the Spring Speaker Series sponsored by the Psychiatry department's Center for Diversity.

Dr Ezra Griffith is Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry, professor emeritus of African American studies and Deputy Chair for Diversity and Organizational Ethics at Yale School of Medicine. He is past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and of the American Orthopsychiatric Associaton.

Dr. Griffith is co-editor of Clinical Guidelines in Cross-Cultural Mental Health and Racial and Ethnic Identity: Psychological Development and Creative Expression. He is the author of Race and Excellence: My Dialogue with Chester Pierce and I’m Your Father Boy, a memoir of his own Barbadian father.

For more information contact the center at psychdiversity@partners.org


Previous events in this series

2012 Center for Diversity Spring Speaker Series

Can We Talk?“Can We Talk?
How the busing crisis of the '70s remains a contentious issue today"

Feb. 10, 2012

Screening of a documentary film on the Boston busing crisis in conjunction with Black History month, co-sponsored with the Patient Care Services Diversity Program.

2011 Center for Diversity Spring Speaker Series

Dr. Price Cobb“Diversity: What are the right issues?”
Wed., April 13, 2011
ETHER DOME, Bulfinch 4

Price Cobbs MD
President and CEO, Pacific Management Systems

Price Cobbs, M.D. is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and management consultant. He is the President and CEO of Pacific Management Systems, a company he founded, which consults with organizations on leadership, executive development and diversity strategies. His clients range from global corporations to government and community agencies. He is co-author of Black Rage, The Jesus Bag and Cracking the Corporate Code: From Survival to Mastery. He is the author of My American Life: From Rage to Entitlement. He was a founder of the African American Leadership Institute at the Anderson School of Business at the University of California of Los Angeles. He is a member of the National Medical Association and a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

To hear Dr. Cobbs speak on "understanding prejudice," please click here.

This event is co-sponsored by: MGH Dept of Psychiatry Diversity Committee, MGH Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the HMS Office for Diversity and Community Partnership.

See highlights of Dr. Cobbs' lecture

2010 Center for Diversity Spring Speaker Series

“The International Space Station: Diversity in Space”
Friday, June 18, 2010
Robert “Bobby” Satcher MD PhD
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”)

Dr Satcher received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986; a doctor of philosophy in chemical engineering from MIT in 1993; and a medicine degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994. He completed internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at University of California, San Francisco in 2000; a postdoctoral research fellowship at MIT in 1994 and University of California, Berkeley in 1998; and a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Florida in 2001. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery specializing in musculoskeletal oncology.

He was chosen by NASA in 2004 and completed astronaut training in 2006. In November 2009, he was a member of the crew of the 31st shuttle flight to the international space station and logged over 259 hours in space, including 12 hours and 19 minutes spent in two space walks. For more information about Dr. Satcher’s accomplishments, please click on this video link.

This event was co-sponsored by the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program and the MGH Department of Psychiatry, and the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office.

2009 Center for Diversity Inaugural Spring Speaker Series

“Reflections on Being a Minority”
Friday, April 10, 2009
Chet Pierce MD
Chester Pierce, MD, Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Emeritus
Harvard Medical School,
Harvard Graduate School of Education,
Harvard School of Public Health

Chester M. Pierce, MD, is Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Emeritus in the Medical School, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Public Health at Harvard University. Dr. Pierce is Senior Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. For nearly twenty-five years he was also Psychiatrist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was Founding President of the Black Psychiatrists of America. He has published over 180 books, articles and reviews, chiefly on extreme environments, racism, media and sports medicine. Dr. Pierce has been invited to lecture on all seven continents and has spoken at over one hundred colleges and universities in the USA.

This event was sponsored jointly by the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program and the MGH Dept of Psychiatry.


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