Following the profoundly disturbing and tragic events of 2020 that cast a spotlight on racial injustice and inequities in our society, McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, felt compelled to take action, and propelled McLean into a dialogue about systemic racism.
“This past year, we saw national events that starkly illustrated the racism and violence that sadly persist throughout our nation and beyond. Also, the racial health inequities were further magnified as we saw the disparities in COVID-19 mortality rates,” said Rauch.
“In reflecting on how we, as an organization, could begin to address racial injustice and inequity within our walls, in Greater Boston, and across the nation, it was clear that we needed to take immediate action.”
Among his first actions was to name Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, as McLean’s first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer (CDEIO). Before being named CDEIO, Pinder-Amaker was a member of the Anti-Racist, Justice, and Health Equity Task Force, charged with the development, implementation, evaluation, and advancement of the hospital’s anti-racist, justice, and health equity strategic plan.
Pinder-Amaker, who founded and directs McLean’s College Mental Health Program, has a long-standing interest in supporting the expansion of the diversity and inclusion programs of McLean and Mass General Brigham. In the fall of 2020, Pinder-Amaker contributed to the National Academies’ report Mental Health, Substance Use, and Wellbeing in Higher Education.
“As part of her new role, Stephanie is already lending her expertise to the national dialogue, resulting in a significant impact on other organizations—particularly those focused on supporting marginalized communities,” said Rauch. “Here at McLean, she is guiding diversity, equity, and inclusion groups and communications strategy as well as the recruitment and hiring of a diverse workforce.”
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