At Acadia, our mission is to help prepare our students for a transforming world.
Like many of you, I have watched with dismay the terrible events unfolding in Iran as brave people, especially young women and students, protest the senseless death of Mahsa Amini, who was only 22 years old. The reason? The way she wore her hijab was deemed “unacceptable” by government authorities.
Like many around the globe, Acadia University is saddened by the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. Many will recall her gracing our campus and dining in Wheelock Hall during a tour of Canada in July 1976. It was a special time for our small campus to be on the world stage.
As we embark on the start of our fall term, I am reminded of how blessed we are as a community. Our strategic plan is about transforming lives for a transforming world, and nothing exemplifies how rapidly our world is transforming than the impacts of climate change.
Right now, as we celebrate the arrival of our students, nearly a third of Pakistan is under water following unprecedented and unrelenting monsoon rainfall, runoff from melting glaciers, and rising sea levels in the Indian Ocean. Flash flooding and landslides have claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people.