Acadia’s world-class research facilities rival the largest institutions. With our unique location and small campus, Acadia fosters collaboration across disciplines and with industry, community, and sister institutions.
This weekend we celebrate Father's Day, and as a parent and the president of Acadia, I find myself thinking about young people and our collective future. June is a designated time to celebrate Accessibility, Indigenous Peoples, and Pride. But June 2020 also had society reeling in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing and the continuation of inconceivable acts of racialized violence.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the bedrock of Acadia’s core values. Compelled by the importance of our commitment to these values, my colleagues and I unequivocally condemn the racist acts that have triggered outrage and social action across the continent and around the world in recent days.
I understand that you are keen to know what approach Acadia will take and assure you we will make a formal announcement soon. In the interim, I hope an indication of our preferred path forward will give you some context as you undertake your planning for the start of the new academic year.
Students, faculty, and staff want to know what shape the fall will take. We all share a desire to be back on campus in the usual way, but by any measure, these are unusual times. Our decision will be unique to our circumstances, culture, and methods.