Dr. Max Hunter is co-chair for the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion for the National Association of the Advisors for the Health Profession. He also serves as liaison to Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) for the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Max lead the Preprofessional Health Sciences Program at Seattle Pacific University (SPU). His work involves collaborating with local non-profit organizations and mentoring a diverse group of social justice-minded prehealth students. Over the last four years, Max has developed the seven pillars—academic competence, clinical observation, community service, collaboration, collegiality, narrative medicine, pre-professionalism, and vocation—that that define the path for students in SPU’s holistic humanities-based program.
He is now working on equity and social justice efforts across the nation. On the local level, Max has moved to the historically Central District in Seattle, Washington. In doing so, he has been to work with a juvenile detention program for King County Superior Courts and Northwest Credible Messengers Justice Center in Seattle. The Credible Messenger movement, an innovative approach to restorative justice that relies on the unique relationships that Credible Messengers form with justice-involved youth, and others, to modify individual behavior and strengthen disadvantaged communities.
Max earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy and a master’s in bioethics at the University of Washington. While a graduate student at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, he earned master's degrees in education and history of science. He also served on Boston Children’s Community Ethics Committee. In Seattle, Max has served on the admissions committee at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM). Of late, he has served UWSOM’s Center for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion on its Black Male Pipeline and the UW-SHPEP Regional Advisory Committees.