Dr. Peter J. Ricketts,
President and Vice-Chancellor

From the President's Desk


This May's Convocation ceremonies mark the full, in-person return of our annual tradition. We're thrilled to celebrate the Class of 2022 and the resilience and flexibility they showed in meeting the challenges of COVID-19.

I am pleased to announce two initiatives aimed at accelerating progress towards meeting the EDI goals and objectives of the strategic plan, namely the creation of an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (EDIAR) Council for Acadia University, and the establishment of a new administrative position to support EDI across campus.

Around the world, innocent people must flee war, injustice, hunger, poverty, and other forms of violence and oppression. Over the past few weeks, we have been reminded of this and are shocked by the latest act of terror being inflicted upon the people of Ukraine by the Government of Russia and the human tragedy that is resulting from this unprovoked and illegal war.

Today, Tuesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD) – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

Dear campus community,
 
As you know, the bargaining teams agreed to appoint William Kaplan to conduct a binding Interest Arbitration process that will lead to a new Collective Agreement between Acadia University and the Acadia University Faculty Association. In the absence of a negotiated settlement, I want to thank both teams and Mr. Kaplan for reaching this agreement.