Chase T.M. Anderson, 2021
[Friends made while at MIT] validated my identity and helped me unshackle the self I’d been hiding, or had been forced to hide. They taught me that being African-American and gay were beautiful aspects of my entire self, and that I was so much more than I ever dreamed possible.
Seven years later, I’m now a pediatric psychiatrist. I’m trained in the science and the literature. But, through this chosen village, I also understand how the power of community can heal.
Chase Anderson ’11, SM ’13, "I'm A Black, Gay Physician. I'm Here Today Because My Friends Saw Me — All Of Me," WBUR Commentary, 8 June 2021