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President's Message: Fall 2020

By Julie E. Wollman
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Although none of us has ever started a new academic year at a time of such disruption, I am more grateful than ever to welcome you the start of this school year. I know how fortunate we are to be able to join together, at such a challenging time, to achieve our mission: to empower our community of learners to discover and create better futures.

Julie E. Wollman
President Julie E. Wollman

Most of you will read this from your study corners around the region, the nation and even the world,  while you long to be on campus making or strengthening friendships and building mentor relationships with your professors.  We remain committed to facilitating these relationships remotely and we have developed a variety of creative and authentic ways to do that.

It certainly has been a difficult six months, and the virus’ impact on major life events we value – including the college experience – has left many of us feeling deprived of things we’ve worked hard to achieve. We’re all making major sacrifices in the interest of public health. We all feel some degree of loss and disappointment.

And yet, this time like no other also presents us with a tremendous opportunity – the chance to rise above our disillusionment and  begin shaping the world we want for ourselves, our families and our communities. Even in the midst of a pandemic, each one of us has the power to make a difference and you can unleash that power now.

Widener is committed to helping students determine how to make that difference, and how to shape the world they dream of. Professors are ready to share their expertise and their networks in ways that bring our powerhouse programs to life and put students on the inside track to success.

Our staff brings support and special services like career advising, counseling, and accessibility assistance – all defined by a level of care and concern that comes from consistently putting students first.

Our students bring the dreams, and the drive to achieve them.

The education experience that begins – or continues – for us all this week is an opportunity to overcome the disappointments caused by COVID-19. Disappointment doesn’t have to be the defining sentiment of 2020. Together, now, we have the chance to turn it into insight, and action.

In this most challenging of times, don’t wait, don’t put your dreams on hold. I encourage all of you to reflect this fall on who you want to be, and how you will make the world better.

There are good things ahead. The work we do now ensures them.  

With Pride,
Julie

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