I'm reaching out to you today with a heavy heart. This weekend's horrific tragedy in Orlando hit really close to home, and I know it has touched all of us in one way or another.
While we search for answers, grieve the victims and pray for their families, I want to assure you I am committed to fostering an environment at Florida State University that values diversity and inclusiveness. We are — and will continue to be — a community that is welcoming to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or identity. I know you join me in celebrating our diversity because it enriches our academic environment and contributes to our sense of family.
As president, it is that sense of family that has resonated with me the most as I meet with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university every day. There is excitement about where we are headed, and I’d like to share some highlights from the past few months.
ON THE ROAD
In early May, I spent a few days in New York City for the annual Noles in NYC event and the inaugural Women of Distinction Inspire Award ceremony. We showcased several of our arts programs and met with hundreds of enthusiastic FSU alumni. What a great event!