Reflections on Congressman Lewis

On Saturday, July 18, I woke up to the news of the passing of Civil Rights Icon, the Honorable Congressman John Lewis. Over the course

A Message to the Elms Community Regarding George Floyd

Dear Elms College Community, In recent days, you have had to endure the gruesome images over and over again: a white police officer, his hand

2018-2019 Academic Year Highlights

The 2018-2019 academic year has been a busy, exciting, and rewarding one here at Elms College. As commencement approaches, I would like to review some

On Transparency in Education and in Government

So much is happening in and around higher education these days that it is difficult to pick one topic on which to reflect. Should we

Innovation in Western Massachusetts Urban Schools

Thursday morning, I joined Christine Ortiz, MIT professor of engineering and founder of Station1, and Angie Kamath, university dean of continuing education and workforce development

Higher Education and the Western Massachusetts Economy

Elms Trustee and President of Springfield Economic Development Council Rick Sullivan‏ had a great piece in the Republican last Friday about the tremendous contribution of

Black Issues Summit 2019 Remarks

On Friday afternoon, the Elms community welcomed four esteemed speakers to campus for the second annual Black Issues Summit. A Black Issues Summit at Elms

2nd Annual Black Issues Summit

I am very excited about next Friday’s second edition of the Black Issues Summit at Elms College. There are two main reasons for my excitement.

Spring (Semester) Warmth

Despite the record frigid weather, I have a particularly warm feeling about the beginning of the spring semester. Before the semester began, I had the

Voting: Foundation of Democracy

On Monday, October 29, Elms College’s Campus Ministry, Social Work Department, and Office of Student Engagement and Leadership held an educational forum on this year’s

90 Years of Changing the World

This weekend we marked the 90th anniversary of Elms College, and we celebrated the college’s future as well. We are all aware that colleges —

Admission Open House

We had a wonderful day on campus Saturday as we held an admission open house and welcomed alumni back to their alma mater! I had

Reflections on the Installation of Harvard’s 29th President

Last Friday, I went back to Harvard for the inauguration of Larry Bacow, the 29th president of Harvard University. Like delegates from around the nation

Listening in Solidarity

On Wednesday, the college celebrated Opening Academic Convocation. We had the privilege of welcoming attorney Helena Bala, founder of the blog Craigslist Confessional, as our

Zero Tolerance on Sexual Assault

It is hard to escape the coverage of the nomination process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations of sexual assaults against him.

Reflections on Title IX

So much is happening on the national and regional scene that it is hard to keep track and — more importantly — to react in

Reflection on the DACA decision

My heart goes out to the hundreds of thousands of young people whose academic future has been thrown in turmoil by the Trump Administration’s decision