A Message from President Freeman and Executive Vice President and Provost Ingram
Jan. 7, 2021
The violent and divisive actions Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol are nothing short of shocking, disheartening and unacceptable. What we witnessed serves as a fierce reminder that true leadership is found in those who guide with integrity and respect for all. We appreciate that, despite disruption, Congress completed its important duty to certify the election and is working to move our nation forward through a smooth transition of power.
None of us wanted to start a new year in this way, especially after enduring so much in 2020, but we believe that our community is especially capable of taking the pain and frustration being felt and channeling it in ways that will improve our community and society. We know the work we need to do on fostering equity and social justice, as well as continuing to protect our community from COVID-19. There is opportunity for all to be involved and to be in roles where we can fruitfully work together to accomplish our university’s goals.
Even with the limitations in place for COVID-19, we will continue to seek out ways to bring our community together to engage in conversations that will drive dialogue, enhance understanding and support an inclusive community. We’re particularly looking forward to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Rebuilding Democracy Lecture Series, beginning in February, that will showcase how the liberal arts and sciences are at the center of a healthy democracy and explore what needs to be addressed to rebuild democracy and bring together a very fractured society. Other events are in various stages of planning and will be accessible throughout the year.
Our fellow Huskies are now starting to return to campus and preparing for Monday’s first day of classes. It’s a new beginning for us all. We encourage you to reconnect with friends and colleagues, seek out ways to support one another and make certain to prioritize your own personal health and well-being so that we can accomplish all that we hope to in 2021.