Global Message – February 2022

Dear colleagues,

I write with a brief update this month and want to begin by conveying my deep appreciation for the work you are doing as we continue to achieve our goals throughout the Global Strategy and Academic Initiatives group.

Just as we are experiencing the good news of the Omicron wave receding on our campus, news of the invasion of Ukraine brings a heightened sense of uncertainty and unease. My grandmother was born in Poltava, Ukraine, and I have read some of the sad twentieth-century history of the region. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the conflict. Many of you may have joined in yesterday’s moving vigil for peace organized by President Salovey, Secretary Goff-Crews and Chaplain Kugler.  The work that so many of you do every day to promote international understanding remains crucial. I am especially grateful to those in the Office of International Students and Scholars who have reached out to students from Ukraine, Russia, and other nearby countries to offer support.

You may have also read in Yale News about the recent publication of the unit plan details for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Yale. I am pleased to share with you a link to our unit plan’s infographic and I invite you to please contact members of our planning committee if you would like to share your thoughts, contribute ideas, or get involved. All are most welcome!

Finally, there is still time to register to participate in the March 10th antiracism session facilitated by Dr. Whitney Peoples. In addition, I’d like to also draw your attention to another upcoming opportunity for professional development on March 7th when the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights will be given by Jocelyn Samuels, Vice Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her lecture is titled, ‘Fighting Workplace Discrimination: Lessons Learned, Challenges Ahead’ and is a fitting topic as the ‘Belonging at Yale’ initiative begins a month-long focus on Women’s History.

I hope to see you at either of these events, or around campus as the weather begins to warm.

With warm regards,

Vice President for Global Strategy
Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature
Yale University

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January 2022 mask guidance still in effect
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