Feeling wounded and alone, Pierre decided to gather the handful of other Black men on campus and form a group dedicated to mutual support and leadership development. He couldn’t have known it then, but that notion of nurturing and promoting Black men’s skills would become a hallmark of his career.
In July, Pierre stepped up to a new platform to continue that work when he was elected as the first Black president of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, a 1,700-member professional society for psychologists.
Pierre was named president-elect in 2019, so the recent appointment wasn’t influenced by the resurgence in racial awareness sparked by the killing of George Floyd. But, as he sees it, it didn’t come a moment too soon.
Fewer than 1 percent of the association’s members are people of color, who Pierre said had not felt welcome in the organization. He wants to change that, and he also