Whew! So far we’ve made it. The fall semester started, classes both in-person and virtual got underway and the word zoom has taken on new meaning, it is keeping us socially connected. Whether we are working on campus, from home or managing a hybrid approach, we are doing our best to adapt to the adjustments in our lives—professionally and personally. Yes, there have been disappointments, some that have brought profound sadness. We are learning that practicing a little self-care is important. We are reminded it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference.
We asked a few of our DDI family members to share what they are thankful for.
Belinda Bryce program director, HEOP (Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday.)
“Besides all the usual things—health, home, family, friends, work, I’m grateful all is well with my dog, my car, and my teeth. And I’m grateful for all who make us feel a little less lonely in this world.”
Megan Kalloo, program coordinator, Multicultural Center for Academic Success
“I am especially thankful this year for my family’s health, stability, and strong bond. I’m also greatly thankful every day to have the privilege to serve a division that supports underrepresented student populations, and the ability and voice to be their ally and advocate.”
Kit Mayberry, senior advisor for Student Diversity, Outreach, Enrollment and Retention
“I am thankful to be working in a division energized and unified by a critically important mission, a division in which everyone is looking in the same direction.”
Bernard Rodgers assistant director, MCAS: Student Development, Multicultural Center for Academic Success
“This year, I am most thank for the opportunity life has given us all to see and understand each other a little bit more clearly. In my own life, my village and I have made efforts to listen, laugh and hug longer than worry about all the things that could go wrong; that has made all the difference.”
Kristine Shamp senior staff assistant, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
“First and foremost I am thankful for my health, my family, and my friends. I’m thankful to have a roof over my head, food on my table, and a job that helps me to provide this.”
Maria Vega senior staff assistant, Office of Faculty Diversity & Recruitment
“I am thankful for my beautiful daughter whose laughter fills me with joy, my amazing family and friends…and most recently…elastic waistbands.“
Antonio Williams, assistant director, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
“I am thankful for the great people that I have in my life that have helped me become the person I am today. Throughout all my ups and downs, they have continued to believe in me when I couldn’t believe in myself and it is because of them that I am able to make an impact in my student’s lives today. There is not any monetary value that can equate to that love and support that has been shown to me over my lifetime. It is because of that support I became a high school graduate, a college graduate, and within a few short years I will be Dr. Antonio Williams. I am thankful but most importantly grateful for that encouragement and I hope I continue to make you proud.”