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Welcome back students!

Welcome back students!

We are excited to welcome you – or welcome you back – to the University of Guelph and to the College of Arts! I’m pleased to let you know that we are looking forward to safe in person activities of all kinds.  For your information, I’m sending along some details about how things will look this fall.

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Visiting campus on a sunny Sunday and thoughts about returning

Last week I needed to be in my office on Wednesday and it was the first time I'd been on campus since the "stay at home" orders began. Of course, I was out of the habit of "going to work" and arrived in boots, swapped to shoes, and then left at the end of the day in my shoes. My adult kids tease me about finally becoming an absent minded professor. They also blame it on keeping track of so many things at once, #deanbrain. This necessitated a follow up trip to campus to rescue my boots. (And yes, I remembered to fill out the U of G Covid-19 screening form.)

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Sally Hickson and the fly on Mike Pence’s head

When the School of Fine and Art and Music's Sally Hickson posted on social media about the role flies play in art, on the occasion of a fly landing on Mike Pence's head during the US vice-presidential debate, I immediately leapt in to ask if she'd consider writing something for The Conversation. What's The Conversation, she asked. I explained and she said, sure.

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Statement of Solidarity with Our Black Students

I am writing as Dean, and also as a white, educated woman, a settler in Canada. There are times when the privilege I possess goes undetected by me. There are also times when it does not and events compel a distressing and crucial awareness of the role race plays in one’s experience when dealing with the police, with the university community, and with strangers online. I am speaking out in response to recent high-profile instances of anti-Black racism that we have seen at the University of Guelph locally and, more broadly, to the wider climate. I recognize that I am responding as a person who does not know from firsthand experience the level of pain and fear that are inflicted by such incidents. 

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