Now that a few weeks of classes are under our belts, I hope you’re settling in and finding your rhythm in this new normal. It has been a unique start to the year for all of us. I really miss not being able to interact with you on campus as frequently as I would like, and I wanted to take a moment to check in and let you know about some upcoming opportunities.
First, I want to commend everyone on all you are doing to keep us together on campus. I know it has not been easy, but by wearing your masks, physical distancing, refraining from large gatherings and parties, etc., we’ve so far avoided the spikes in COVID-19 infections that you have likely read about at other universities around the country. Keep up the great work!
Like you, one of the things that I have missed since the spring is face time with friends and colleagues around campus. And I miss you! So I am starting a weekly virtual coffee hour where we can gather and talk each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. To ensure we have a good conversation with participation from everyone, each coffee hour will be limited to six students. To join, simply sign up at utulsa.edu/president-meetings.
As you know, we launched the 2020-21 Presidential Lecture Series last week with author Wes Moore. For those of you who were able to join, I hope you found it as inspiring as I did. We will announce our spring lecture soon, but in the meantime, we have some additional opportunities to learn more about racial justice so that we may work together to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive TU community.
- Sept. 17: A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing – An Evening with Author DeMaris Hill hosted by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at TU
- Sept. 25: Orbiting Social Privilege: The Gravity of Awareness sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Engagement, Counseling and Psychological Services and the Chevron Multicultural Resource Center
- Oct. 13: Panel discussion on the Legacy of Black Wall Street sponsored by the TU Alumni Association ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre
- Oct. 15: Indigenous Resistance – A Conversation with Nick Estes hosted by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at TU
(* All events are virtual. See campus events calendar for website information.)
This year is starting out differently than years past, but I am so proud of how everyone is adapting. We will work to do all we can to make life on campus as normal as possible. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming coffee hour and other virtual events. In the meantime, stay vigilant and stay well.
Janet K. Levit