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UMass Medical School Chancellor asserts commitment to diversity

Collins lauds American health care professionals of all backgrounds in Telegram & Gazette

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

January 22, 2018
  Chancellor Michael F. Collins

Michael F. Collins, MD

Prompted by recent aspersions about Haiti, El Salvador and the entire continent of Africa, UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins wrote that in our nation of immigrants, the fields of medicine, nursing and research are powered by America’s rich mosaic of citizens. He reflected on the values of diversity, civility and inclusion; the importance of oath-bound professions; and the ideas and ideals that make America a beacon of hope around the world in the Jan. 21 Sunday Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

“At UMass, we feel privileged to welcome colleagues and students from all backgrounds and countries,” Chancellor Collins wrote. “Regardless of what we may look like, where we may come from, or how we got here, once at UMass we are united by one common oath and one singular goal. We pledge to ‘first do no harm,’ and we strive to make the world a better place.”

The “As I See It” column was published a day ahead of the tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. held annually at UMass Medical School, where students, faculty and staff are recognized for their commitments to diversity, civility, inclusion and public service.

Read the full commentary “In preserving the American dream, approach should be ‘First, do no harm’” here.

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