Letting the light in

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, Here we are, deep into November, which is competing aggressively against April for the title of “cruelest month.” The curve that we flattened over summer is bending upward again, returning us to our household bubbles. I’m particularly missing daylight and sunshine – as I draft this message in the late afternoon of a grey, … Read more

Thank you and a reminder

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear colleagues, As we approach the last half of the fall semester, I want to thank you. You have responded incredibly well by adapting to the pandemic and I’m very pleased to see UFV students, faculty, and staff doing our part to ensure that our university remains healthy and safe. I know if you have … Read more

EDI Action Plan & Town Hall

EDI Action Plan

UFV held a EDI Action Plan & Town Hall last week. My thanks go out to those of you who participated in the live session and submitted questions. For those of you who couldn’t participate in the live event, here’s a recording.  If you have any feedback or questions, please reach out: Email the … Read more

EDI Action Plan and Town Hall

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, It’s been a busy few weeks and I have some exciting announcements to tell you about. Last year I formed the President’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) to provide leadership in creating and fostering an environment that supports and creates best practices, policies, and pedagogy in EDI. During its first … Read more

September 1 Virtual Town Hall

Town Hall

UFV held a term-opening virtual town hall last week My thanks go out to those of you who participated in the live session and submitted questions. For those of you who couldn’t participate in the live event, here’s a recording.  If you have any feedback or questions, please reach out: Email the President’s Office Email … Read more

Prioritizing our health and well-being

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote and I’m amazed that October is already upon us. As we head into a long weekend, I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to find time to relax, be thankful during these difficult times, and to connect (in a safe, virtual way) … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Awneet Sivia, Associate Professor, Teacher Education

International Literacy Day is commemorated on September 8th of each year and draws attention to the importance of literacy and its direct relationship to human rights. While every person has the right to learn to read and write, UNESCO reports 773 million adults and young people globally are still lacking basic literacy. A combination of … Read more

Welcome to the Fall term!

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the Fall term! I am always energized and excited by the start of each academic year and this one is no exception. Appropriately for a semester that will be mostly online, we’re kicking it off with a virtual town hall for faculty and staff next Tuesday at 10 am. I hope … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Edward Akuffo and Dr. Cherie Enns

Edward Akuffo and Cherie Enns

Thinking about global humanitarian interests in the midst of a global pandemic — Today marks the 11th anniversary of the institutionalization of the World Humanitarian Day.  This day was formalized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 in memory of the August 19, 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, which … Read more

Guest Post: Kim Isaac, University Librarian

Kim Isaac

Books have the power to connect us in socially distanced times — Writing about the importance of books and reading for a university audience is akin to preaching to the choir, but I think the pandemic has provided an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the role that literature can play in our … Read more