Dear Colleagues and Friends,
As we return from the break and begin the winter quarter, it is important to recognize the recent labor negotiations and ratified contracts. A complicated and emotion-filled process, impacts are felt by each and every member of our community, from faculty and graduate students to undergraduates and staff. We will likely continue to feel these impacts for some time.
As such, we turn our attention to the future and to rebuilding relationships. I am grateful we can come together to do this as one, based on our shared values and principles. We are committed to the arts and humanities, to our collective success and to the well-being of all our community.
We welcome several faculty members joining us mid-year: Ryan Bessett in Literature, Matana Roberts in Music, Ana Maria Alvarez-Lowe in Theatre and Dance, and Christopher Shields in Philosophy, along with Mandeville Art Gallery Director and Chief Curator Ceci Moss in Visual Arts. Ceci’s first exhibition will feature work solely from Visual Arts faculty members who joined the university in the last eight years — I know we all are eagerly awaiting the opening!
Happy New Year to all. We come together in celebration of each other, and to continue our work toward providing an education for the common good.
Dean Cristina Della Coletta
UC San Diego School of Arts and Humanities