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Welcome from the Dean for Multicultural Affairs

Dean Joyce Sackey

The next generation of physicians, scientists and public health professionals will be called upon to address the health challenges of an increasingly diverse population. At Tufts University School of Medicine, we have been deliberate about pursuing initiatives aimed at creating a diverse learning community that promotes excellence and creates health professionals equipped with skills for the 21st Century.

The scientists, physicians and public health professionals being trained here today will go out into a world where diversity is the norm. Patients, peers and policy makers will expect them to have – in addition to their intelligence and their training – a confidence in working with others who are not like them in some significant way.

Because that is so, diversity is regarded as a cultural value at Tufts School of Medicine. Our community – the students and faculty, the post-docs and the MD’s – is enhanced by that diversity. That is why we believe in the need to create a diverse learning community, one where learning from difference can nurtured among all students, trainees and faculty. Critical to creating such an environment is our ability to attract students from all backgrounds to Tufts.

It is precisely because we want to ensure that we have a diverse applicant pool from which to select our students and, ultimately, our future faculty that we view student development as an integral part of our mission. Our so-called "pipeline" programs aim to inspire young people to consider fields in the biomedical sciences and health professions.

This website and its linked pages describe 11 distinct programs that open new pathways, new roads leading to our school. Some have been in place for twenty years or more, paving the way for hundreds of aspiring scientists and physicians to come here. Others are newer programs that point the way to the next destination for our graduates and post-doctoral fellows.

Other programs seek to open doors for younger students – middle school and high school students – and encourage them to take the first steps toward careers in science and health while other programs offer routes back to these careers. Still another program recognizes that high school science teachers are among the most common sources of inspiration and seeks to empower them.

Like so many of the best ideas in academia, these programs were conceived by individual faculty members and staff as their own contributions to diversity at Tufts School of Medicine. In bringing their ideas into being, these individuals all took on added responsibilities and obligations. And they all continue to demonstrate a deep commitment to diversity and the vision of working towards the goal of creating a diverse workforce. Together, they exemplify Tufts' ideal of active citizenship. It is an honor and a privilege to count them among my colleagues.

Looking forward, my goal is to both support these programs and to build upon the foundation that they have laid to further enrich the diversity of our school and, ultimately, our nation’s workforce.

Dean's Profile

Dean Joyce Sackey, MD
Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health

Dr. Sackey graduated from Dartmouth College in 1985 and Dartmouth Medical School in 1989 where she was honored with the prestigious Good Physician Award by her graduating class. She completed her internship and a residency in primary care internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and served as a primary care chief resident. Before joining the Tufts Medical Staff, Dr. Sackey was on staff at Harvard Medical, as well as working at Beth Israel Hospital.

Dr. Sackey has also made her mark in the international world. She is co-founder of the Foundation for African Relief (FAR), a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization and directs the BIDMC-based AIDS Collaborative Project and its Visiting Scholar's Exchange Program. The program shifts its focus to the ongoing fight against AIDS in both Ghana and Sudan. Dr. Sackey's program is committed to training African physicians who are responsible to provide clinical care to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Now a dean at Tufts, Dr. Sackey provides the Office for Multicultural Affairs with a commitment to help underrepresented minorities. Along with providing current students with the necessary tools to succeed, academic help, mentoring, and scholarships; she also leads our pipeline programs, getting middle school and high school students involved and interested in the health care professions at an early age.

Office for Multicultural Affairs

Marlene Jreaswec
Program Manager