University of Vermont

A Note from President Tom Sullivan

January 2016

Hello, and welcome back from the holiday break!

As we stand in our boots and winter coats at the threshold of a new spring semester, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the excellent work of our UVM staff across campus and at every level of involvement with our students and faculty. The welcome that our students feel through their connections and daily interactions with you, and the genuine respect that we offer one another, help to grow the feelings of inclusiveness and pride of belonging in our UVM community.

Our learning environment offers much in addition to the rigorous academics. We have opportunities on campus everyday to connect with people we do not already know, extending beyond our cultural and social circles to welcome an unfamiliar face, exchange ideas and information, open to diverse perspectives. Our lived values continue to grow a strong and vibrant community. Thank you for the spirit and commitment you bring everyday to advancing the UVM community.

 

This month we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of history’s most inspiring leaders in showing the way toward a society built on inclusion. We have a number of exciting programs planned for MLK Celebration 2016. On Monday, January 25th, award-winning journalist and National Public Radio host Michele Norris will speak at Ira Allen Chapel. Norris’s The Race Card Project, six-word statements on race and identity open to anyone who wants to participate, is engaging people of all ages and backgrounds across America in opening up a national conversation about race.

We are also excited to partner with the Flynn Theatre to host “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” on Friday, January 29th.  The acclaimed off-Broadway play explores the patriotism and brotherhood of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, their struggles with Jim Crow and their dreams of an inclusive and fair society. The play goes behind popular headlines to look deeply at these individuals who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.

I hope to see you at one, or many, of the MLK Celebration 2016 events as we celebrate the spirit and life of one of America’s greatest leaders, and take his inspiration to continue nourishing a respectful and welcoming community here at UVM.