This fall term has been a busy one, and I have been so energized by our students’ enthusiasm, creativity and perseverance over the last several months. Thank you for your dedication to your studies, and for being such active contributors to our Faculty of Arts community.
Amidst the busyness of the last several months, we have heard much about the importance of mental health. As the year draws to a close, with its limited hours of daylight and the pressures of exams, I urge you to plan to give yourself a well-deserved break over the holidays.
Many of us will leave campus to see our families. But please remember that some of our students — especially our international students — are not as fortunate to have support systems in town, or even in Canada. I encourage all of us to keep this in mind, and perhaps — reach out to that student you know will be alone once exams are done.
This time of year can indeed be challenging, so if you, or someone you know, is struggling, please consider contacting one of our campus support teams, including the Community Social Work Team, Counselling & Clinical Services, Peer Support (Students’ Union) or Helping Individuals at Risk (HIAR).
Thank you for a productive fall term, and I wish you best in 2017.
Dean of Arts
2016 State of the Faculty Address