From Kevin’s Desk: Let’s Take Care of Each Other (8/7/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

As you heard from President Schlissel, the results of the investigation regarding sexual misconduct by former provost Martin Philbert were released last week. I am shocked and disheartened by the findings, and the appalling behavior that is documented in the report. We simply must do more to create a culture of safety, and to create a work environment in which sexual misconduct is not tolerated and people feel safe to report it. I believe that our commitment to creating a positive work environment across all areas of B&F will support this goal. Yet it will take a deep commitment by all of us to take care of one another by learning more about these issues, reporting misconduct or suspicious behavior, and ensuring everyone in our community feels safe.

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of interviewing our Chief Health Officer Dr. Preeti Malani during our B&F Leadership Forum. She provided information about her role and the work she and so many others are doing to ensure a safe fall semester. Among many insights, she shared the top three things we can all do to keep our campus safe. First and foremost, follow public health guidelines. Second, keep in mind that this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint – so be good to yourself. And last, be kind to everyone around you because this is an extraordinarily difficult situation. I couldn’t agree more with this advice. You can watch a video of my conversation with Dr. Malani or read the full transcript on our website.

Next Wednesday from 1-2 p.m., I will be moderating a Staff Town Hall with President Schlissel, where he will address questions about the COVID-19 situation and our plans for the fall semester. Specific details will be coming soon — I hope you will plan to join me!

With much appreciation and gratitude,