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APA Board of Trustees Structural Racism Accountability Committee

The APA BOT Structural Racism Accountability Committee (SRAC) was formed in 2021 to ensure the recommendations of the 2020-2021 APA Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry (TFSR) are carried out.

APA’s Board of Trustees (BOT) approved 18 actions recommended by the TFSR along with six directives on issues that need to be updated and monitored by the SRAC. The SRAC will evaluate their success, make recommendations for improvements, and accomplish the other objectives that were noted in the final task force report (.pdf).

Charge of the SRAC

On May 17, 2021, The Board of Trustees voted to establish a Board Committee to continue the work of the Task Force on Structural Racism. The committee will consist of Board members that will be initially responsible for ensuring that the Task Force recommendations are carried out, evaluate their success, make recommendations for improvements, and accomplish the other objectives listed at the end of the attached document.

The Committee will report to the Board at each Board meeting and have the ability to reach out to other members who have expertise in the area or consultants as needed to accomplish the objectives.

The Committee’s tasks may expand as the stated objectives are accomplished. The committee is comprised of Board members who can commit the time needed to do the work well and includes members who were not involved in the Task Force or on the Ad Hoc Work Group on Governance so that the entire Board is deeply invested in the projects.

SRAC Membership

Chairs

  • Mary Hasbah Roessel, M.D.
  • Felix Torres, M.D., M.B.A.

Members

  • Elie G. Aoun, M.D., M.R.O.
  • Ken Certa, M.D.
  • Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Glenn A. Martin, M.D.
  • Urooj Yazdani, M.D.
  • Mindy L. Young, M.D.

Consultant

  • Altha J. Stewart, M.D.

Action Progress Dashboard

September 2022 - Action Progress Dashboard (.pdf) This document tracks the progress of the Board of Trustees approved actions, as of September 2022.

SRAC Reports

SRAC Report to the Board of Trustees, March 12, 2022 (.pdf) This document is the SRAC’s report to APA’s Board of Trustees, detailing its work as of March 2022.

SRAC Report to the Board of Trustees, December 11, 2021 (.pdf) This document is the SRAC’s report to APA’s Board of Trustees, detailing its work as of December 2021.

SRAC Report to the Board of Trustees, October 16, 2021 (.pdf) This document is the SRAC’s report to APA’s Board of Trustees, detailing its work as of October 2021.

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