As the Medical Simulation Specialist, Chris manages the Tufts University School of Medicine/Clinical Skills and Simulation Center which employs humanoid-like manikins as well as virtual and augmented reality to facilitate immersive/experiential learning.
What do diversity and inclusion mean to you?
Diversity connotes equal representation; absent prejudice, oppression, and hatred. Inclusions connotes empathy, compassion, fairness, and a sense of humanity. That regardless your marginalized group, your concerns aren’t simply heard but empathetically digested, thoroughly reviewed and equitably weighed. Any decisions rendered, account for everyone’s input as well as sentiments.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
Why are diversity and inclusion important at Tufts?
Tufts was developed upon the founding ideals of civil rights and equal representation. Those ideals were exhibited in support of the abolitionist movement (1860), providing safe houses for the Underground Railroad as well as advancing women’s higher education by establishing a co-ed medical school program (1893) – progressive actions given the overwhelming sexism in the field during that the time. Albeit significant contributions, society continues to wrestle with these centuries’ old issues of civil rights reform.
Our socio-political environment feels reminiscent of Jim Crow with the pervasion of white supremacy, xenophobia, and hate speech – which begets division as well as degrades our sense of humanity. Indifference implies silent assent. Chauvinism continues to infect our society, governance, and laws. As a result, any advancements towards diversity and inclusion are hindered. Ongoing efforts to evaluate disparities and self critique are reassuring that Tufts is upholding those founding ideals. It’s encouraging to see diversity at every level within the institution; it demonstrates inclusion and exemplifies that opinions and contributions by underrepresented people are valued and respected. My voice matters.