Good morning everyone, thank you Interim Vice President Goh, and thank you for your leadership of OED.
We’ve gathered once more to celebrate our engagement with and commitment to, equity, diversity, and inclusion. At the same time, in these troubling times, I also feel a need to use these moments together to contemplate our concerns, and address our challenges.
But, because it’s so early in the morning, first, let’s celebrate!
For example … let’s celebrate the 20th year of the Josie Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award to be given today. But, more importantly, let’s celebrate the 87th year in the wonderful and powerful life of Regent Emerita Johnson, and she is with us today! Josie, you are a true gem of our state and our University.
There is a lot to positively highlight on all of our campuses over the past year. I'm just going to give you a few examples.