Congratulations on your acceptance to Portland State University. This is an amazing place to earn your degree!
In the fall, I will be the new Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion at Portland State University and I look forward to meeting and being a support to you. I chose PSU because I was very impressed with the infrastructure that exists to help students succeed. For example, there were several lactation spaces and many cultural centers and resource centers to support a variety of communities. I heard about innovative programs such as the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and its ongoing work to provide leadership to the State of Oregon during the COVID-19 crisis. I visited the amazing new Transfer and Returning Student Resource Center and was captured by PSU’s deep commitment to community engagement, equity, and being a part of connecting with the most critical and complex problems in the community.
I care deeply about students and I am a big believer in the transformative power of education and how your time at an institution like PSU can be a gift that keeps on giving. As so much changes around us, PSU can be an anchor on your journey toward the life you deserve, want, and dream of and the impact you want to have on your community. Lifelong learning is a reality for all of us and PSU will be your partner for the long haul.
Whether you are a first-year or transfer student, full-time or part-time, living on campus or with family; and with all of your different identities and backgrounds, what will bind us in the fall is our newness. I am confident that as we adjust to a new campus community and new ways of being and doing, we will find colleagues and leaders who will support us and help us with the transition. And I am confident that a transformative experience filled with new adventures and experiences await us all in the fall.
I promise you that with me, you will find someone who is open and accessible and will listen and do my best to respond to your needs. I am invested in your growth and success, so I can assure you that the Global Diversity and Inclusion team and indeed, all of PSU will be working to ensure that success, in spite of real challenges and obstacles, is your reality.
Once again, welcome and I look forward to having you as a part of our community in the fall.
If you have questions about PSU’s resources and ways we can offer support, please email email@example.com.
Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion
Portland State University