Message from the Interim Dean

Message from Interim Dean, Lisa A. Hutton, Ed. D.

This school year is unlike any other I have experienced. Though I miss connecting in person and the hustle and bustle of students, staff, and faculty in the classrooms, offices, hallways and walkways, I am glad you are here. Now, more than ever, we need teachers, counselors, and school leaders who are committed to transforming lives, schools, and local communities—educators who inspire, teach, counsel, and lead.

As we continue to grapple with an ongoing worldwide pandemic, inequality and systemic racism that exist in our institutions and communities, and a country that is deeply divided politically, the work we do in the College of Education has never been more essential

In her June 2020 graduation speech, Michelle Obama urged new graduates to pursue “…deep and loving connections with others, honest work that leads to lasting contributions to your community, the vibrancy that comes from a diversity of ideas and perspectives, the chance to leave this world a little better than you found it. Don’t deprive yourselves of all that. There is no substitute for it. Instead, make a decision to use your privilege and your voice for the things that really matter…”

We all are contending with uncertainty and the ups and downs of virtual offices and classrooms. Students, we want you to succeed! Make connections by reaching out to classmates, professors, advisors and COE Staff. Tell us how we can support you in your journey. Staff and faculty, I appreciate the dedication you bring to your work despite the challenges; keep making a difference.

Please stay safe and healthy during this 2020-2021 academic year.