I know our Student Services team is doing a formidable job of keeping you up to date on everything you need to know about the coming academic year, but, since I won’t have the chance to meet most of you in person on campus this term, I wanted to write a short note to either welcome you to the Faculty of Information or welcome you back.
We’ve been preparing all summer long to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible as classes get underway. It’s extremely important to us that we support all members of our community facing challenges and difficulties due to Covid-19. We have pulled out all the stops to ensure that you receive the education and training you enrolled with us to get and will continue to do so. It’s been a real team effort with faculty members, staff and student researchers all working together to create the optimal remote learning experience and environment for the coming term.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to read our ‘Back to School’ issue of the Informed newsletter, I encourage you to take a look. I found myself feeling quite optimistic and inspired after reading about just some of the things our community has achieved through these very difficult past few months. As much as we face uncertainty about the impact of the pandemic in coming months, I am certain of at least one thing — that we have many more achievements to look forward to in the year ahead.
I also hope that with this note I can open up a community dialogue. Since most of us will not be seeing each other on campus, we must find other ways to stay connected and engaged. If you see something we could be doing better, I want to hear from you. Please feel free to email me directly or, if you prefer, to reach out to your professors or the Student Services team. Drop by the Virtual Inforum or attend some of the other online activities we will be offering. Let’s learn from and support each other as we find our way out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Finally, I would like to close by wishing you all a happy Labour Day and relaxing last long weekend of summer before we all embark on the unique journey that is the 2020/21 academic year.