Dear Medical Center Community,
One of the great strengths of our academic medical center is the diverse workforce that enters our doors every day, 24 hours a day. We have colleagues of diverse national origins, of differing faiths, genders and sexual orientations. Each of these individuals brings with them their unique experiences, perspectives, and talents.
The order signed by President Donald Trump on Friday temporarily closing the United States borders to individuals from seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – has caused confusion, concern, and in some cases, hardship. Amidst this confusion, let me be clear that Tufts Medical Center will continue to welcome and embrace diversity, and advocate for this fundamental American value. We join with Tufts University President Anthony Monaco, who expressed great pride in the global nature of the Tufts community and our commitment to ensuring the well-being of all the members of our community.
Tufts Medical Center stands ready to assist any members of the Tufts Medical Center family who have been adversely affected by the travel ban. In addition, Tufts Medical Center’s Employee Assistance Program is available to employees who are feeling frightened or stressed and need counseling.
Turning to each other can also be a source of support. Please consider sharing your personal story and background with your colleagues. I believe this will help us all gain a greater appreciation for our differences and our shared values. I intend to communicate to our elected leaders how important our multi-cultural workforce is to the healing of our citizens, the development of new therapies, the enrichment of our professional and personal lives, and to our nation’s success.
Michael Wagner, MD
President and CEO
Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children