President’s Office

President’s speeches, letters, and articles

Subject: Let’s Come Together

July 15, 2021

Dear colleagues,

Welcome back to all who are returning to campus! It has been wonderful to see so many of you already this morning. The feeling of reinvigorated vitality on campus is palpable. Today is an emotional day. Many have shared that coming back together has brought feelings of joy mixed with the nostalgia of a reunion, contrasted with the memories of uncertainty that gripped us over the past 16 months. For some, it’s the first time stepping on Reed grounds in over a year; for others, it’s a day to welcome back colleagues and to meet all of those who began at Reed during our hiatus from campus. For me, it’s a reminder of what I hold so dear—I love this work and what I love most is working together with you.

I hope you will all gather for delicious treats from Ruby Jewel today in the quad at 2:00 p.m. Say hello to familiar and new faces and enjoy some ice cream together.  There will be gluten-free and vegan options available.

All best,