Black History Month Reflections from VP of DEIB Marcus Daugherty

In support of Black History Month, I reflect upon the progress we’ve made in diversity, equity and inclusion within our country as well as our organization, Partnership to End Addiction. I am particularly proud of the internal dialogues and discussions that have informed the Partnership’s efforts and direction.

Last March, I became the first Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at the Partnership. Over the past 11 months, I’ve led efforts to strengthen our position as an anti-racist organization. As we look to the future, I am confident that our year of self-reflection and examination will help guide us as we address the ongoing challenges of this valuable and essential work.

Black History Month serves as a reminder of our commitment at the Partnership to reach out, understand and address the unique needs of Black families impacted by addiction – one of our core values as a DEIB organization. Additionally, collaboration with diverse partners in various areas of the mental health and addiction field is critical in meeting these goals.

We admire the work of the following organizations that continue to advocate for and address the needs of Black families and communities:

The Association of Black Psychologists

National Association of Black Social Workers

100 Black Men of America Inc.

Jack and Jill of America Inc.

National Urban league Inc.

We are grateful to be part of such a supportive community, and look forward to sharing future updates on this essential work.


Marcus Daugherty

Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) & System Innovation