It is an immense honor to join DULA, one of the nation’s most historic institutions of AHM education, and I am even more deeply moved by what lies ahead. I am grateful to the board of directors for their confidence and to all those who have welcomed me and shared their profound dedication to the institution. It is clear to me that DULA’s tight-knit learning community, together with excellence in education, is an enormously powerful vehicle for the creation of outstanding ideas with real impact.
First, I want to be clear: DULA’s fundamental commitment is to build a diverse and welcoming community of faculty, students, and staff, as articulated in our institutional values. Diversity, including racial diversity, is vital to our mission of knowledge creation in service to society. This common foundation of a diversity of experiences and perspectives will continue to make DULA stronger.