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my change in perspective

  • 1.  my change in perspective

    Posted 18 days ago
    Dear Colleagues,
    After having been non-alarmist and relatively non-plussed by the Coronavirus situation I have changed my perspective after a weekend conversation with my daughter. She is a fellow at Johns Hopkins with an MPH and experience in infectious disease (although has gone in a different specialty direction); she shared with us the recent data Hopkins has received from abroad and the steps they are taking. It is imperative that the US flatten the curve in the coming weeks and we all have a role to play in this.
    For many of us, our schools have sent the students home and there has been a move to remote learning. But in many cases, staff are still reporting to work. In my daughter's words "it is irresponsible to go to work if you can at all do your work remotely." She sees this as a moral imperative. I have taken her  words to heart, my staff is working remotely, and after sharing with my boss, our office will work remotely for the near future.
    I encourage you to share this thinking with your supervisor and/or HR offices. The more of us who are not congregating, the more likely we are to overcome this pandemic.
    Stay well.
    Carol

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    Carol Baffi-Dugan
    carol.baffi-dugan@tufts.edu | 6176273767
    Tufts University | Director of Health Professions Advising
    Medford, MA United States
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  • 2.  RE: my change in perspective

    Posted 17 days ago
    Carol,

    Thank you for sharing.  I have had similar conversations with my physician brother-in-law and have also decided to work from home instead of going into our mostly vacant office.  Remote advising will take some flexibility and adjustment, but I believe it is the best choice.

    Now, if only I could get my parents to take this seriously as well...

    Laura


    Laura Hetzler, MEd     

    Academic Advisor II

    Pre-Med and Health Science Center

    Wayne State University

    313-577-2680

    Schedule appointments at advisingworks.wayne.edu