Dean's Message

As we learn to navigate new paths and seek opportunity in less than ideal circumstances, I must commend each and every one of you for your resilience and for your creativity.

In a matter of days, our students, our academics and our staff pivoted to remote learning and work situations. I am immensely proud of how we’ve faced these challenges. None of it has been easy. However, even here we are finding new opportunities to connect and to do the important work of the Faculty of Arts, under the most adverse of conditions.

We are in the midst of a global act of solidarity. Our altered realities demand that we practice good citizenship and radical empathy, not just nationally but internationally. We are all connected. We know this now, perhaps more deeply than at any other point in our history.

Understanding and fostering these connections is at the core of what we do in the Faculty of Arts.

The challenges currently facing the university reach beyond the current global pandemic. We are also facing an unprecedented budget emergency, requiring quick, collective action. Department and Faculty leadership have carefully reviewed course offerings and have met multiple times to adapt - while maintaining capacity and an excellent student experience. I’m pleased to note that while we are offering significantly fewer sections during the Spring/Summer Term, our enrolments have increased 17%. Arts courses are in demand.

To learn more about the budget, I encourage you to participate in our upcoming virtual Budget Town Hall on Monday, May 11 at 2 p.m. More information and the Zoom meeting link will be in next week’s Anthology, and available from your department administration.

Through the dedicated work of our faculty, researchers, students and staff, we continue to serve the public good by pushing the boundaries of thinking, creative expression, dialogue and action.

We must continue to treat each other, and ourselves with kindness, and above all, patience.

I thank faculty, students, and staff for the important work you do, every day to engage meaningfully and positively with each other, and with the world.

Lesley Cormack
Dean of Arts