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Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Associate Dean's Message - June 24, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019
Follow-up from the recent Sackler Community Meeting.
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Dear Sackler Community,

Last week we held our second annual Community Meeting, a time for students, faculty and staff to come together to discuss updates and issues regarding the school. Among a number of items discussed, two topics stood out to me as warranting further discussion.

First, diversity and inclusion, the large increase in the number of URM students joining as first year students and our work to provide an inclusive environment within labs, programs and school. We are planning a number of programs and activities, beginning with orientation and continuing throughout the year, and will work closely with Joyce Sackey the Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for Tufts Health Sciences Schools. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas, feel free to contact me.

Second, I was stuck by the discussion around the perceived career strategy and support within the school. We take pride in our graduates who choose academia as their career path and believe that our programs and faculty have always done well to prepare them to be professors. That being said, we also provide new training such as fellowship writing workshops and will have an academic job panel in the Fall. However, we also recognized that many of our students choose to go in other directions. Consequently, we have enhanced our career exploration, training and services to address those needs in addition to supporting academic careers. I don’t see this as an either/or opportunity, but rather one where students can find their passion through early career exploration sessions and we support them in succeeding in that direction.

Daniel Volchok, Associate Dean