Read the Breaking the Silence Summary Report (PDF).

Watch the videos from Breaking the Silence (YouTube).

The goal of medicine and research should be that “all patients, of all backgrounds, get the care they need when they interface with our health care system” (Joyce Sackey, MD, Tufts University Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer).

Are we doing enough to reach this goal?

Join us for a meaningful evening of self-reflection, dialogue, and community-building, followed by a call to action around the issue of deeply-rooted biases that lead to exclusion in research.

The evening will begin with keynote speaker Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, past President of the American Public Health Association and Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse College. Dr. Jones is known for her contributions to critical race theory and her work in defining institutional racism, personally mediated racism, and internalized racism within the context of modern US race relations.

After that, we will enjoy a community dinner that will include facilitated roundtable discussions to further explore the themes from the keynote presentation and panel discussion. These dialogues will provide an opportunity for participants with diverse views and backgrounds to speak openly about exclusion in research to seek a better understanding of their own views, as well as the views and experiences of others.

Breaking the Silence: Confronting Exclusion in Research is the fourth symposium in the Breaking the Silence series launched in 2017. Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Institute of Clinical Research and Health Polices Studies (ICRHPS) are hosting this symposium, in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center.

Download and share the Breaking the Silence: Confronting Exclusion in Research flyer (PDF).


Friday, March 6
Tufts Center for Medical Education
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111

Anyone interested in discussing the impact of bias on health is welcome to attend, especially members of the Tufts research community, Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center leadership and faculty, students, research participants, and community residents.


This event begins at 5:15PM and ends at 8:00PM. We hope attendees will plan to stay for the entirety of the event. If this is not feasible, please contact us at

Please register to attend by February 28.


  • 5:00-5:15PM Registration
  • 5:15-5:20PM Welcome and Introductions
    Joyce Sackey, MD
  • 5:20-5:30PM Institutional Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Research
    Caroline Genco, PhD, MS
    Kara Greer, MA, PHR, SWP
  • 5:30-6:00PM Keynote Talk: How is Racism Operating Here? A Guide to Action
    Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
  • 6:00-6:20PM Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Linda Hudson, ScD, MSPH
    Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
    Sherry Reddix, MA, MPH
    Dawn Sauma, MSW, LICSW
  • 6:20-6:35PM Transition to Dinner and Dialogue
    Linda Hudson, ScD, MSPH
  • 6:35-7:50PM Dinner and Facilitated Dialogue
  • 7:50-7:55PM Where We Go from Here
    Jonathan Garlick, PhD, DDS
  • 7:55-8:00PM Closing Remarks
    Harry Selker, MD, MSPH

About Tufts CTSI Events

Tufts CTSI’s Professional Education programs provide non-degree continuing education and training for clinical and translational research professionals from all Tufts CTSI partners and beyond.

Course enrollment priority is given to researchers from Tufts CTSI partner institutions. If your participation needs to be approved by your supervisor or a person responsible for your time release, you may provide their contact information when you register for the program.

This course is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of health, Award Number UL1TR002544.  The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.