This week, a devastating fire threatened the neighborhoods of many in our community. To my knowledge, no one who works or teaches for the Coast District lost their home. Still, the harrowing experience of an encroaching disaster is something that too many of us know well. Thank you to the fire fighters and first responders who fought back the flames under harsh conditions.
On the subject of safety and health, thank you to our nurses. Today concludes National Nurses Week, and the nation's nurses have provided amazing care in the midst of the pandemic. From frontline emergency care to outpatient services, nurses have treated, informed, and comforted us all.
I began this week thinking about the State of the District in preparation for next week's remarks. Part of what I am thinking about is the through line between the work that began around the time I started as chancellor, six years ago, and where we will be post-pandemic.
Many priorities had momentum that carried them through the last two years and a few were even accelerated by the necessities of online teaching and support. Other priorities, I believe, will return to the forefront as the crisis fades into memory. This is an exciting opportunity for the District in the years ahead.
We have all been changed by global crises, and that should bring new ways of looking at long-term, persistent challenges.
John Weispfenning, Ph.D.