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Tufts University School of Medicine

A Message from Dean Bates on the events of January 6, 2021

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 3:30pm

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We join with President Monaco in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the violence we all witnessed yesterday in our Nation's Capital and reiterating the values of Tufts University and our medical school, that stand in contrast to this attempt at insurrection. We are relieved that the election of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris was confirmed, but we also believe that our elected leaders need to take additional steps now to restore confidence in our democracy and their leadership. Yesterday’s illegal acts and displays of hatred, and their encouragement by individuals in responsible roles, must have consequences.

Like the pandemic and the belated recognition of structural racism in our society, these dark moments also remind us of our own responsibilities. As a community we may have differing political views – but mutual respect must be a value that we hold dear. We know that for many members of our community these events are painful reminders of injustice, and to them we offer our support and we will provide opportunities to heal.

Individually, we have taken professional oaths and collectively we have committed ourselves to values as a school that aspire to real social, economic and health justice for everyone in this country. As a leadership team, these events strengthen our resolve – it is our duty to make these aspirations a reality.

With respect and admiration for all of you,
Peter Bates, MD, Dean ad interim, and the TUSM Leadership Team

Read President Monaco's message on the events of January 6, 2021.