VP Message - Kicking off the Spring 2020 Semester

January 13, 2020

I hope everyone enjoyed a restful and relaxing holiday break. And now we get back at it!

As we kick off the spring semester today, I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who is volunteering at the Week of Welcome tents. As in the fall, this is a university-wide initiative to show students our caring community and offer them support as they begin the semester. I appreciate your time and energy in this effort.

This semester will bring with it more opportunities and challenges as we serve our students and help them along on their journey.

Last semester we faced a tough challenge together after the “When Hate Comes to Campus” event. At our Division Meeting a few weeks after that night, you graciously shared with me your thoughts, feelings, comments, and concerns. I thank you for your honesty. Please remember you can use this link to share any time and anonymously if you wish. Since our division meeting, directors participated in a day-long diversity inclusion training and our Diversity Council has identified three training modules dealing with diversity issues that we will roll out to you soon. The council also is working on a review of the past year, a nomination process to fill vacant spots and their next steps. This is an ongoing process for all of us and updates will be shared as we progress. As you read in the president’s message sent earlier today, there will be a Presidential Town Hall discussing the topics of equity, diversity and civility Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Lyceum. I hope you will join me in attending if you can.

As this semester unfolds, I take pride and comfort in knowing this team will rise to the occasion and continue to positively impact our students.

Take care,

Elizabeth With Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs