Dean Maurer
 Dean Maurer, professors Belinda Campos and Matthew Freedman, and social sciences research development director Holly Hapke met via Zoom with U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter and staff as part of COSSA's Advocacy Day aimed at illuminating the importance of social science research during and after the pandemic.

from the DEAN

Bill Maurer
Professor, Anthropology & Law

It's hard to believe a full year has passed since our last issue of be BOLD in which we went fully digital due to the pandemic.

In a year marked by countless displays of community resilience and perseverance in our collective response to racial injustice, political unrest, and COVID closures and adaptations, I am absolutely in awe of the many ways we've all managed to stay connected.

The stories within this issue highlight our incredible people and programs who have been creating community and responding with on-the-ground action to many of the most pressing global issues of our time.

As campus gets ready to welcome back many Anteaters in person in the fall, we are thrilled to begin seeing faces in our classrooms, hallways and walkways again.

At the same time, we're also excited to put the knowledge we've gained during this period of considerable change to use and continue fostering and expanding the many virtual communities we've cultivated in our time apart – communities that have allowed us to connect, no matter where we call home.

Personally, for your commitment to social sciences during this unprecedented year, I want to say thank you. Thank you to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, community friends and donors for helping us to continue extending our reach, no matter the obstacle, in our drive to inspire and create positive change in societies, economies and for human well-being.

Be safe and be well, Anteaters,

Bill Maurer




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