From One Dupont Circle: Quarterly Update
ACPA Executive Director
Another academic year is about to end and I ask: are you satisfied that you have made a difference in the lives of students this year? Are you able to reflect on the value you bring to the educational experience of students, other staff, family and friends? How would things have been different around issues of equity and inclusion had you not taken the position you took this year?
We have so much more to do. Education is a critical element of a free society and we are contributors to this value. We are part of a wonderful profession that is willing to ask the difficult questions and challenge others to see the big picture. We each work at making our “little part” of the world more livable for all.
As we look at the past and envision the future, what will the fall 2013 bring to our campuses and to the Association that will provide motivation and strength to move forward? Rather than reflect on others, lets pause and do an internal check on us. Are we doing all that we can? Next year is the 90th Anniversary year for ACPA and I would like to see all of our members make a pledge to reach out further than is expected and to prepare ACPA to take on the challenges of the next century.
Before I conclude, please know how much we appreciate the work that you do and the lives you change, one at a time! Students are the reason for the “season” and together we can and will make a difference in the lives of students.
For those of you that have a bit more relaxing time during the summer, please enjoy it. For the rest of us, let’s slow down and reflect on what a magnificent profession we have selected. The privilege to support the ongoing education of others is a true calling.
Again, enjoy the months of June-August (better know as summer in the USA).
Until next time,