Kent School News

Message from the Dean

Dean JenkinsWelcome to the Fall semester of 2020. COVID-19 continues to shape how we structure our educational experiences, manage our campus activities, and respond to our environment. For many of us, this has brought new concerns about our health and the well-being of our loved ones. The result may be greater caregiving and educational responsibilities along with employment and workplace changes. Though I trust science to help us through the pandemic, I believe we will be forever changed by it.

Of equal importance is our country’s continuing struggle to make positive progress on the topic of race. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we ask ourselves and our leaders - “Do Black Lives Matter?” Our city is an epicenter of activity around answering this question as we speak out, watch, and wait to see when and if justice will carry the day.

It is encouraging to see Anti-Racism work and activism dominating the headlines. As part of our effort to dismantle White Supremacy in the Kent School, Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong, will serve as our new Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Sterrett-Hong, who has a rich history of research and teaching on this topic will guide us as we re-examine our culture, curriculum, research, and service to find opportunities to take action and create a more just society for all.

Though the times are a bit turbulent, there is a great deal of good news at the Kent School. Please take a moment to read about our faculty award winners and student spotlights in this edition of the newsletter. We are proud of Team Kent and happy to share these stories with you. Our faculty and staff are committed to delivering a top-notch and safe educational experience for you.

Now more than ever, please be mindful of your health and practice self-care. It is far too easy to underestimate the vital importance of self-care during stressful times. Practice social distancing and wear your masks to help reduce exposure and spread of disease. I am confident we will successfully navigate our hybrid and online learning environments of 2020.

 

Take care, Team Kent!

Dean David Jenkins
Kent School of Social Work