My fellow Terrapins,
Welcome to the fall 2022 semester!
It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating our graduates at spring commencement, but the events of this summer demonstrate that our world is moving forward fast. If there’s a theme of our forthcoming semester, it is this: do not sit on the sidelines to see what happens next. Help create the world, community, and university you want.
Every year, our university offers countless ways to engage in critical and evolving issues. I challenge every member of our campus community to find ways to get involved, advocate for your beliefs, listen respectfully to other perspectives, and embrace our open marketplace of ideas. Our campus is where change can begin.
Taking on grand challengesThis summer, the Supreme Court handed down decisions that have significant impacts on our ability to safeguard rights for women, fight climate change, and regulate guns. We saw the income gap continue to widen, with more American families in hardship.
As a university, as scientists, as innovators, as truth-finders, it is our duty to be at the forefront of today’s most pressing issues. Here at Maryland, we are uniquely positioned to take on the grand challenges of our time and we should rise proudly to that call for action. We do not take our mission to serve the public good lightly and as an administration, we will do our part.
In June, our country was divided by a Supreme Court decision that undermines individuals’ ability to make personal health decisions. Maryland is one of about a dozen states that long ago took measures to preserve abortion access. Here on campus, our University Health Center and Counseling Center will continue to provide a wide variety of services and support to our campus community. But these rights should not be taken for granted, and I encourage anyone who feels strongly about this issue to continue to advocate for your beliefs, your rights, and the rights of others.