I wasn’t going to write about gun violence again – but I’m compelled

It won’t stop until we stop it It happened again in America, and it will keep happening. It’s a tragic drama that we, with sadness and in horror, have watched play out in multiple cities and towns across our nation, which permits more guns than any other developed country. Last… Read More

Making the right choices in higher education leadership

Choosing leaders is no simple matter. I read with interest last weekend an emailed announcement from William F. Lee, chair of the presidential search committee, about the selection of Lawrence Bacow as the next president of Harvard University. Bacow succeeds Drew Gilpin Faust, a president I have admired greatly for… Read More

Revisiting banned words and a change of leadership at CDC

I wrote an earlier blog post about reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had banned certain words from use in communications by the agency. As Slate, among many other sources, conveyed, they were relatively ordinary words, including vulnerable, evidence-based and fetus. I’m writing now because… Read More

Words, evidence, science and vulnerable populations – they’re all intertwined

Last Friday, The Washington Post reported a disturbing story regarding a list of “seven banned words,” purportedly a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) policy. The list was particularly disturbing because the prohibited words – diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, fetus, science-based, transgender and vulnerable – are ones frequently used in public health. The story precipitated… Read More

Addressing discrimination, harassment and related misconduct

[This post is adapted from a memo on sexual harassment sent Dec. 5, 2017, to Gillings School faculty, staff and students. – BKR] Context for discussions about sexual harassment. Over the past several months, complaints about sexual harassment, assault and sexual misconduct have reached a crescendo in the news, calling… Read More