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The Faces of Our HMS Community

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February 3, 2015
The Faces of Our HMS Community

Dimensions exhibit portraits reflect the essence of our community

Anyone who knows Joan Reede, HMS Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, can attest to the fact that she is an indefatigable source of creative ideas. And once she gets a good idea, she doesn’t let it go.

In 2008, she had the idea to create a gallery of portraits that would represent the spectrum of the medical school and dental school community—images that would capture the essence of each individual’s contributions to this enterprise, both personally and professionally.

Seven years later, Joan and her team, working in close collaboration with Chief Human Resources Officer Julie Stanley and members of her office, pulled it off. It took a tremendous amount of thought, planning and coordination with many people throughout all of our teaching hospitals and affiliated institutions, but they did it. Working closely with photographer Jennifer Waddell, who began shooting last summer, they have assembled a compelling collection of more than 100 photographs of students, faculty, staff and postdocs from throughout the entire HMS community.

You can view the exhibit in the HMS Transit Gallery located on the ground level of Gordon Hall. There you will see photographs that capture the diverse dynamics of culture, age, gender, race and spiritual beliefs that define who we are.

I love these images because they remind me that each person I encounter every day in the office or cafeteria, classroom or hallway brings to this campus a unique set of perspectives and experiences that are rich and profound. This exhibit deepens the appreciation I have for every individual who makes this place work.

I urge you to visit this exhibit. In the meantime, I extend a special thanks to Joan, Julie and their teams for putting this together—and a special thanks to you for making this a community we can all celebrate.