Category Archives: Speeches and Messages

Elevating Tufts’ Leadership in the Study of Learning

September 20, 2017
Dear Members of the Tufts Community,
We are delighted to announce that the James S. McDonnell Family Foundation is generously contributing $8 million to Tufts University to establish the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI) in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. IRLI will be a cross-disciplinary, cross-school enterprise focused on improving student learning outcomes at the collegiate … » read

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Advancing Undergraduate Student Life at Tufts

September 14, 2017
Dear Members of the Tufts Community,
A commitment to transformational student experiences is one of Tufts’ hallmarks as a university. At the undergraduate level, this means that we seek to provide not only a rigorous academic experience and active engagement with civic life, but also a residential and campus experience … » read

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Engaging Constructively across Differences

September 13, 2017
Dear Members of the Tufts Community,
Last week the Tufts Disorientation Guide was posted on Tufts Class Facebook pages. As Dean McMahon explains in a statement on the Student Affairs website , this Guide is not an official document, is not associated with an identified student group, and contains some deeply disturbing characterizations with respect to … » read

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New York et al. v. Trump et al.: Tufts Submits Declaration in Support of Suit by State Attorneys General in Support of DACA

September 6, 2017
Tufts University has joined other Massachusetts universities in submitting declarations in support of the complaint in New York et al. v. Trump et al., a lawsuit challenging the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
Read a press release from the Attorney General of Massachusetts here .  Read … » read

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Supporting DACA and Undocumented Students

September 5, 2017
Dear Members of the Tufts Community,
We have been closely monitoring the situation in Washington, where the administration of President Trump has today announced the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). I write to strongly reaffirm Tufts’ commitment to this program and to our DACA and … » read

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Matriculation Address to the Class of 2021

August 30, 2017
Thank you, David, for that kind introduction, and thank you all for that warm welcome. It is a privilege to join our distinguished faculty and staff and accomplished alumni as we welcome you—Tufts University’s Class of 2021—onto our campus and into our community.
First, though, I would like to extend … » read

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Response to Events in Charlottesville

August 14, 2017
Dear Members of the Tufts Community,
In the wake of the incidents in Charlottesville this weekend, I write to condemn the acts of racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and violence, and to offer Tufts’ prayers for the victims, their families and the communities harmed by the actions of white supremacists.
As … » read

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A Year of Opportunity and Achievements

June 29, 2017
Dear Members of the Tufts Community,
This academic year was full of opportunity and achievements across the university. Our students, faculty and staff demonstrated in myriad ways the talents and commitment that make Tufts a unique environment for learning, research and active citizenship.
A sampling of the activities across … » read

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Update on the Student Life Review Committee

June 1, 2017
Dear Members of the University Community,
In December 2016, I appointed a Student Life Review Committee to undertake a holistic assessment of the culture of undergraduate student life at Tufts. After a semester of hard work, involving substantial community consultation on and off campus, the Committee has provided me with their report. It includes … » read

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Baccalaureate Address to the Class of 2017

May 20, 2017
Welcome
Family, friends, colleagues, and distinguished guests: Welcome to this year’s Baccalaureate service. Our most special guests today are the members of the Class of 2017. So, welcome, Seniors!
Graduation from Tufts is a milestone for all who are close to our students. A college career can bring with … » read

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