Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Dear Orange Friends:

Today, Syracuse University celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It’s an opportunity to honor and recognize the history, culture, values and continued contributions of Indigenous peoples. This day inspires our acknowledgement of ancestral lands.

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Observing the 20th Anniversary of 9.11

Dear Orange Friends:

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93. Some of our students weren’t yet born on Sept. 11, 2001. Many are too young to remember how that day changed how we viewed ourselves, our country and our world. As I do, others will always remember exactly where they were when the attacks happened. I remember watching the towers fall. I remember the fear, the anger and the grief.

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Coming Out of COVID

Dear Orange Friends:

In July I spent a lot of time on the road and in airports, and a lot of time talking with Syracuse folks from all over. Two things have impressed me from this experience: First, it is going to be a fairly long time before we really come out of COVID and all the things it has changed for us as a community. And second, by and large, people at Syracuse were amazing in how they coped and kept going throughout the past 18 months.

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