Looking Back, Looking Forward
A message of thanks.
A message of thanks.
Looking forward to the new year.
Answering the question of who we are and what we want to be.
Although I’ve spent much of my life in Oklahoma and Texas and am familiar with heat, I am starting to look forward to the brisk and colorful days of a Central New York autumn!
As we anxiously watch the events unfolding in Europe, countless people continue to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. This has happened too often in recent memory, and it touches us all, including students in A&S. I’m writing today to share an interview featuring A&S student Nidaa Aljabbarin ’22 . Nidaa, a biology major and Syrian refugee, was one of three people interviewed recently by National Public Radio (NPR) about what it’s like to be a refugee.
Welcome back to campus! I hope you were able to rest and recharge over the break. There are a lot of new things happening that I’m excited to share, but not before first acknowledging the toll that this relentless pandemic is taking on all of us. Today my message is about hope—not Panglossian hope, but realistic hope that keeps moving toward a faint glimmer at the end of the tunnel.
During this Orange Central reunion weekend, I ask you to reflect on the importance and meaning of our alumni family.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to a new fall semester and to the campus life we’ve been looking forward to.
Yesterday justice was served. In finding Derek Chauvin guilty of manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd, the jury sent a clear message that police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement—and all society—must be punished and eradicated in our country.
Dear A&S students, faculty and staff,
Recently our campus received the results of the Campus Climate Pulse Survey. Led by Dr. Damon Williams of the University of Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory, the findings conveyed a stark and distressing reality: large numbers of our community feel marginalized, unsupported, and alone.
I can only start this message by saying that my heart goes out to the Asian and Asian American members of our community. As a dean and as a person, I stand with you.
Something I look forward to every spring is the return of the red-tailed hawks to campus. I’m happy to report that SU-Sue and Otto have recently been spotted in their aerie atop Lyman Hall, and that the College is again offering its live feed of the popular pair’s nest.
What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, the World Health Organization had just announced the emergence of the novel coronavirus, and the U.S. presidential election seemed a far way off.
When I sat down to write this holiday message, I struggled at first. How could I convey hope and gratitude against the backdrop of this year’s unthinkable challenges? How would I find the right words, when so much had been “wrong?”
Although it seems as if COVID demands that we stay in a state of suspended animation, that isn’t really true.
From the swell of the pandemic to the roar of the Black Lives Matter movement, these past six months away from campus have afforded us a precious and historic opportunity to examine our individual vulnerabilities and responsibilities.
Syracuse University unequivocally condemns racism and xenophobia and rejects bigotry, hate and intolerance of any kind.
I write to you to express my frustration and great disappointment about the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance affecting international students.
In his 1972 book No Name in the Street, the late author and activist James Baldwin wrote: “Well, if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most! – and listens to their testimony.”
As we wind down this unusual semester, I am heartened by the incredible work in A&S that continues in all our departments.
The liberal arts give us timeless resources for coping in the forms of philosophy, literature, science, art, music, religion, and so much more.
As we head into spring break and a period of remote instruction, I want to acknowledge the uncertainty that we collectively face —and offer you some reassurance.
We are grateful that our staff members represent A&S with skill and sensitivity.
We in A&S have the building blocks for change.
You’ve probably heard the expression “context is key.” One of my favorite examples concerns the word undecided.