Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We start the academic year with both excitement and trepidation. For many, the first quarter of the new year is more than simply returning to the classroom. It is a return to our strengths, both in advancing our research and creative endeavors, as well as educating our students. You are correct to be cautious, as we all are — and I commend you for not just ensuring your own safety, but ensuring the safety of and access for our staff, students and entire Arts and Humanities community.
The transition back to campus gives me great joy. We move the division into one of the most central locations on campus where, for the first time in our university’s history, our disciplines and initiatives take “center stage” in the new Arts and Humanities Building. We are already seeing the benefits, and I encourage everyone to experience just how connected we are becoming.
One of the most anticipated times of the year is when we welcome the new faculty members into our academic and public communities. Congratulations, we are glad you have joined us! These individuals bring with them expertise that is unmatched and will only strengthen the depth of work we are committed to in our diverse, public institution.
In particular, their commitment to investigating and eradicating the inequalities that plague our society is celebrated. We continue the social-justice work that is a guiding principle of our disciplines, not just to make the future better for our students, but to give our students the skills and knowledge to make a better future for all of us.
Dean Cristina Della Coletta
UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities