From Kevin’s Desk: Finding hope in times of change (9/18/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

So much about our world and our campus, the way we work, and the way we interact with each other is different than it was. In these tense and trying times, I find it comforting to remind myself of what has not changed. We still care about each other, we still do really meaningful and critical work, and the University of Michigan remains one of the best educational institutions in the nation. Once again, U-M has been ranked as one of the country’s top public universities by U.S. News & World Reports, as well as by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, in their annual review of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges and universities.  I am so grateful to work for an exceptional university and so proud of the work you all do to make it possible. You Make Blue Go, and YOU ROCK!!!

Our colleagues in UHR have put together a new resource guide, “Working Safely During the Fall Semester: Resources and Support for U-M Employees and Supervisors,”  which offers important tools and information designed to help all of us adapt and thrive in times of change.   Whether we work on or off campus, our work environment will continue to look very different for some time. We all need support, so I encourage you to check out this terrific new resource and share it with your colleagues. 

Last, but not least, Michigan Medicine, in partnership with Food Gatherers, recently launched a second food and toiletry drive to help those in need. The drive will take place until September 27 and all U-M faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to participate if they are able. You can find out more and get information about drop-off location in this Record story.

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Kevin