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Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Dean's Message - October 1, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018
Sackler strives to be a community where mutual respect and civil behavior are always honored. Please remember these important values and feel free to reach out for any help that you might need.
Jaharis Building in the spring

We live in a stressful time where the rules of civil behavior are often blurred. It is so important, now more than ever, that we treat each other with respect and professionalism. It is unacceptable to do otherwise. We strive to make Sackler an inclusive and welcoming community, that provides students with the support to reach their potential. When lines are crossed, or when you have been offended by something said or done that impedes your career mission or sense of self-worth, I hope that you feel comfortable speaking up and seeking out help. We take these issues very seriously and a resolution begins with a private discussion with Dan Volchok or me. There is always a course of action based on consultation with the reporting person and in some situations, with the Office of Equal Opportunity. There is always follow-up, though often to preserve confidentiality of the people affected, this may not be obvious to those not directly involved. 

I would like to think that none of us are intentionally mean, uncivil or divisive. Sometimes, we may say something without thought that is hurtful to an individual, a race or a gender. Last March we held, for the first time, a half day workshop for faculty on Implicit Bias attended by about 35 faculty. I came to realize that we all have implicit bias, and it is realizing this that makes us more thoughtful in our words and deeds. I believe that this workshop was very well received, and we make this an annual faculty event. We will also have a similar workshop for students, postdocs and staff this year. By encouraging dialog and awareness, we can maintain an environment in which we would all like to work, study, grow professionally and do research.

Dan Jay, Dean