I am really pleased to report this week that Dr. Susan Lozier has been named president-elect of the American Geophysical Union. With more than 60,000 members in 137 countries, the AGU will celebrate its 100th year anniversary next year with Lozier at the head. This is an honor and great example of faculty leadership that reflects on the high caliber of faculty we have at the Nicholas School. Congratulations, Susan!
On a less heartening note, as you may be aware, we had two incidents of hate crimes on the Duke campus in the last week—one involving a swastika carved into a bathroom stall and another involving the defacement of the LatinX mural. These examples are damaging to our entire community, not just the groups to which they are targeted. In this we need to stand together.
We are not the only campus in the Triangle, or in the United States or the world, that is struggling with these issues. As I have remarked previously, we live in fairly undignified times. But we can be part of the solution to these challenges and not part of the problem.
The Nicholas School will be a welcoming place where all are valued and hate will not be tolerated. As faculty, staff and students, we need to be prepared to engage in discussions about these issues constructively and directly. Putting dignity into practice is an individual and collective act. Be part of the solution to make our school and campus a place where we all feel safe, valued and respected.