Dear UP Community Members,
For many years, University of Portland faculty, staff, and students have marked the beginning of a new academic year with our annual Convocation. This year, out of concern for the health and safety of UP community members and because of important restrictions on large gatherings, we are unable to come together for this time-honored event.
I hope, though, that you will take a moment to watch the brief video message at this link. I offer a reflection on the “liminal space” in which we find ourselves and highlight three virtues – gratitude, interdependence, and hope – that will help us to weather the storm we are currently facing and envision better days ahead.
I also encourage you to read the column I submitted to The Beacon earlier today addressing UP’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our ongoing efforts to become a more just and equitable University community. This column is comprehensive in its scope and provides timely updates on these important matters.
As you begin this new semester under extraordinary circumstances, know that I am praying for you, your health, and your success. I ask that you join me in praying for all who continue to be impacted by this pandemic and all who call UP home.