Portland State University President Stephen Percy recently laid out his priorities, and they are not academic.

From the Portland State website:

The past year, like you, my efforts were consumed with responding to the global pandemic. I am indebted to the PSU community for its compassionate and comprehensive response. Yet we must now begin to imagine a post-pandemic PSU. As we have for 75 years, we will emerge from this event a different, but stronger institution. Defining our next quarter century is the work of all of us, but as PSU’s President, I will be guided by three strategic directions.

My highest priority is sustaining and amplifying our commitment to racial justice. PSU is Oregon’s most diverse university and our actions must honor and harness the power of that diversity. It is imperative that we collectively engage in conversations that support transformation and act to deliver on our desired future, recognizing that the work will be different based on our positionalities and identities. The work is already underway, including October’s Time to Act summit, a cluster hire in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Gender, Race and Nations, and other important initiatives. I challenge each of you to take action to imagine and create a more just and equitable PSU.

Hat tip to Professor Peter Boghossian:


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