From Kevin’s Desk: Celebrating Diversity (03/02/18)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

This week we honored the service of the many people across Business & Finance who have at one time served on the B&F Diversity Committee (BFDC). For 28 years this great group of people worked to raise the consciousness of us all on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. It was such a treat to meet so many of the people who were involved over the years and to learn more about their work. In addition to organizing the annual B&F Martin Luther King Convocation, the BFDC hosted many educational activities to promote dialogue and increase cultural understanding. Did you know there used to be a B&F diversity choir? How cool is that! Photos from this week’s event along with a slideshow of many of the committee’s accomplishments are on our website and I invite you to peruse them. Please join me in thanking everyone who was a part of this outstanding group over the years. You guys ROCK!

While the tenure of the BFDC has come to a close, our deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is stronger than ever and their good work lives on. This work continues through volunteer opportunities and educational events in every division of B&F and I want to encourage you to get involved.

This week I also had the opportunity to meet and get to know about a dozen colleagues from across B&F at my monthly lunch gathering. I am always amazed by the breadth of work we do across the organization and by the excitement and passion I see in the eyes of the people I meet. Did you know we have trained pharmacists on staff to manage the university’s prescription drug plan? I didn’t! It will take me a while to meet all 2,539 of you who work in B&F, so in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to send me an email if you have ideas or feedback you’d like to share – I’d love to hear from you!

Alas, more snow. It’s almost time to switch out the snow tires, roll down the windows and enjoy the great outdoors…almost, but not quite yet. Betty and I are headed to Chelsea this weekend to see Jeff Daniel’s new play, “Flint,” at the Purple Rose Theater. If you have never seen a performance at the Purple Rose I encourage you to give it a try. It is a wonderful little theater with very talented actors and actresses. And be sure and stop by the Common Grill for a bite to eat!

With much appreciation and gratitude,