Messages to the Community

Welcome to the New Semester!

A message from Dr. Dwight A. McBride, President and University Professor

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Let me begin by wishing each of you a very happy New Year! I hope that your holiday season, despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, provided some respite and time with loved ones.

I appreciate that you’ve had a lot of information to digest to prepare for this spring semester, and there will be more to come in the days ahead, so my message today will be brief. I simply want to express a warm and enthusiastic welcome as we begin this new term together. I’m glad you are here, and I hope you have an amazing semester filled with accomplishment and community engagement.

A special welcome goes out to those students, faculty, and staff members who have just recently joined us at The New School. And I send a shout across the ocean to our colleagues and students at Parsons Paris: Bonjour et bienvenue au nouveau semestre!

Thank you all for your flexibility and cooperation with the necessary shifts and protocols that will allow us to fulfill our academic mission and prioritize community health. New information about COVID-19 will continue to shape how we design and use spaces, provide services, convene and engage with each other, and conduct ourselves in public settings. We will need to remain vigilant and adaptable. 

We are powered by the extraordinary scholarship and creativity across all parts of The New School. We are also energized not only by our legacy, but also by our aspirations and potential as an institution: to be a higher education leader for equity, inclusion, and social justice; to actively engage in civic and cultural life beyond our campus; to achieve the highest standards of service and support for our students; and to become an even more academically and operationally integrated university. 

I know we will accomplish many great things together this semester. And I look forward to experiencing, engaging in, and celebrating with you the ideas, initiatives, solutions, and breakthroughs to come at The New School.

Onward and upward!

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