From the President's Desk


As Acadia's plans for campus re-opening and fall term unfold, we continue to grapple with the financial implications of the pandemic. Today, I am announcing some further expense mitigation measures in addition to the COLA freeze announced last month.

The past several months have challenged and changed us in ways we could never have imagined. We had to transition quickly to remote operations, move classes online, suspend lab research, and limit our presence on campus. At the same time, many of you have been engaged in vital discussions about racial injustice, diversity, and inclusion as society continues to grapple with the scourge of racism and discrimination. You are continuing to take concrete steps to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity at Acadia. Shortly, I will be making an important announcement about addressing racism at Acadia.

Given the year in which we are living, I hope all of us take the time to enjoy a pleasant and relaxing Canada Day. Though only six months old, 2020 has challenged us in new ways and brought times of great sadness and stress to many. While we continue our combined efforts to find a stable footing, Canada Day gives pause to our efforts so we can appreciate all that this wonderful country has given us.

I am writing today to provide some important updates and share some thoughts about where we are in our COVID-19 response and the financial impacts it is having on our university.

I know that these past few weeks have been increasingly stressful as we have announced our preferred intentions for the Fall and, at the same time, consider the financial impacts of the pandemic. I want to thank each and every one of you for all the work you are doing as we prepare to re-open the campus and offer our academic programs in the Fall.

 

This Father's Day in 2020 is a time to renew our commitment to being good parents and partners, especially when families have been thrown even closer together than usual due to the pandemic. Supporting each other has never been more important. During ongoing struggles against racism and discrimination, it is also time to reflect on the role of fathers, and all parents and guardians, in teaching our children to recognize and stand up to racism, discrimination, and abuse.