Dear CARTA Colleagues and Friends,
There is no doubt that we are living in unprecedented times and facing unique challenges. The decisions we make — or those that we fail to make – will, most likely, have lasting consequences.
As I meet with colleagues and students, I’m often reminded of Desmond Tutu’s words:
“A time of crisis is not just a time of anxiety and worry. It gives a chance, an opportunity, to choose well or to choose badly.”
Think about that for just a moment. What choices are we making? As a university? As a college? As individuals?
The coronavirus, which just a few weeks ago was primarily viewed as an overseas event, has quickly become a worldwide pandemic with hourly “breaking news” stories, updates, and policy announcements that directly impact our professional and personal lives. We are learning and working remotely, self-isolating, and practicing social distancing (a new term to many of us). We are doing our best to adjust to K-12 closings, the suspension or cancellation of scholastic, collegiate, and professional athletics, and, of course, the shortages of key goods and services.
Understandably, our navigating such unchartered waters brings new levels of anxiety, uncertainty, and even a sense of fear, especially when thinking about the health of our families, friends, and colleagues.
I want to assure you that our university remains fully operational and committed to your safety and continued success. The recent decision to extend remote instruction through the Spring semester is being made out of an abundance of caution and is designed to mitigate the possible transmission and spread of the virus. Please continue to practice social distancing and to keep you and your family safe.
There are many reasons I am proud to be an FIU Panther and grateful and honored to serve as Dean of CARTA, but never more so than these past few weeks. During these very trying times, the work of our university leadership team, our college faculty and professional staff, our students, our board members, and our patrons has been without question or exception, a determined, team effort, all looking out for one another and focused on doing well. All are to be commended for, as Tutu offered us, taking “the opportunity to choose well.”
What I do know for certain is that we will emerge stronger. And, that during these challenging times we will view difficulties as opportunities. We will develop innovative ways of learning and we will develop new best practices for working and learning remotely – all of which, will benefit us in the future. And, I know for certain that CARTA will be leading the way, as we have since the College’s inception.
In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,