From Kevin’s Desk: Our Annual DEI Summit (10/16/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

On Monday, October 26th, our campus will once again engage in our annual DEI Summit. This year’s virtual event will explore the role of the arts in advancing our DEI goals, and will feature remarks from a panel of experts. The main event takes place from 10:00-11:30; you can find more details on the DEI Summit website. In addition to the keynote speakers, the Summit also provides an opportunity for our university community to reflect on the progress we have made over the previous year and renew our shared commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. Here in B&F, these values are foundational to our work to create a positive organization. I am so proud to work for a university that continues to make this critical work a top priority.  

I continue to be amazed at all the ways our B&F teams are adapting their work to deliver exemplary support to the university, while also abiding by public health guidelines. A terrific example is Finance’s Student Financial Services team who has collaborated with many teams in Facilities & Operations to implement a number of safety measures to ensure students can access key services safely, both on campus and virtually. In addition, to help their staff maintain work-life balance, they instituted an official “lunch period” designed to encourage all staff to take a break. You can learn more on our website about these and other new practices the Student Financial Services team has put in place.

As the months go on, this situation continues to create challenges for our work, as well as for each of us personally. Whether you are working on campus or remotely, thank you for everything you are doing to take care of our campus community and each other. We will get through this together.

With much appreciation and gratitude,