President’s Office

President’s speeches, letters, and articles

Subject: A force for good in the world

August 30, 2021

Dear students, faculty, staff, and parents:

Today marks the first day of classes for the fall 2021 term. It is a joy to have our students back on campus, and to welcome to Reed those of you who are new to the community. This time of transition brings forth what I love about Reed, and I revel in the excitement that comes at the start of each school year. In a recent video, I reflected that Reed is one of the most magical places on earth, and is a force for good in the world. As we start the semester, I feel tremendous optimism that those who have gathered here to learn, share, and grow will find ways both large and small to make our community, and, indeed, the world, a better place.

I acknowledge that there are uncertainties ahead, especially as we face the evolving circumstances of the global pandemic. However, my confidence is buoyed by the proven resilience and ingenuity of the Reed community. These feelings were only reinforced as I listened to Reed’s Student Body President, Alondra Loza ’23, speak during Convocation. Reflecting on a trying experience she had last year, she noted, “Even after all the challenging experiences that have made up my time here at Reed, this moment reminded me of what truly makes this school: the collective community, specifically that of the students.”

While we will face challenges, our collective community bands together for the common good, lifts one another up, helps one another out, and moves forward as one. We come together as a mosaic of unique perspectives and lived experiences to share, to enliven discussions, and to create knowledge together. I look forward to all the good that will come from our collaboration.

With excitement for what is ahead,



Audrey Bilger
Reed College