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Provost's Messages and Presentations

The Provost sends general messages via email to the academic community on a regular basis to provide updates and highlight areas of success at the University of Connecticut. These messages, as well as other broad campus presentations, are archived here for future reference.

Recent Incidents in our Community

March 30, 2021

To the UConn community, In recent days, we have been made aware of several incidents of hateful conduct and speech directed at members of our community on the Storrs campus. This includes vile anti-Semitic graffiti on a building near Hillel and deeply offensive comments directed at members of the LGBTQ community, among others. Our disappointment

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Provost’s Message: Planning Beyond our COVID Year

March 26, 2021

Dear Colleagues, Over the past 12 months, we have lived through a pandemic that has disrupted our lives and our work in nearly every way imaginable. When our University officially made a shift to virtual learning and work for the spring semester, one year ago, we weren’t sure how many weeks that would last. Then

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Message to the Community About Fall 2021

March 23, 2021

To the University Community: Last week, we shared UConn’s plans for in-person commencement ceremonies at Rentschler Field honoring the Classes of 2020 and 2021, in addition to our online ceremony. These occasions will cap the end of a long and tumultuous academic year with a spirit of pride, togetherness, and celebration – and serve as

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Provost’s Message: A Moment of Gratitude

December 18, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Students: As we approach the end of finals and the end of this semester, I want to share my immense gratitude for your individual and collaborative efforts these last several months. Teaching, learning, and researching in a pandemic has come with an unprecedented scale and volume of challenges. We are

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Provost’s Message: A semester unlike any other

November 20, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: What a semester this has been. You have each been working at a persistent pace to adjust and adapt to different teaching modalities, research restrictions, and myriad other modified services for students, staff, and faculty. As we head into the Thanksgiving Break, I hope that each of you

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Launch of Strategic Planning Process

November 3, 2020

Dear UConn Community, For the past several months, many of us have had to focus our energy and attention on adapting to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Today, as we anticipate the results of the presidential election, many of us again find our attention focused to just the day ahead. While 2020 has in many

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Denouncing Acts of Anti-Semitism

October 30, 2020

Dear UConn Community, Our University is committed to an environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Recent reports of a series of anti-Semitic incidents on our Storrs campus undermine that goal. We denounce in the strongest terms acts of violence, hate, and intimidation aimed at members of our Jewish community. These recent reports were all

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Message from the President and Provost: Election resources, reminders, and dialogue

October 29, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Students: Election Day is approaching next week, Tuesday, Nov. 3. As this date approaches, we want to reaffirm our values as a public institution. Universities provide immense public service when they marshal their academic and research capabilities to illuminate and evaluate society’s pivotal moments. Presidential elections are exactly such times.

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Provost’s Message: Town hall updates

October 23, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: Over the past few weeks, UConn administrators in consultation with the University Senate have made and communicated several decisions about the spring semester. We shared a summary of many of those details in a message sent on Oct. 9, and reviewed the details and answered additional questions during

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Presentation, Academic Town Hall, 10/16/2020

October 19, 2020

On Oct. 16, President Katsouleas, Provost Lejuez and other University leaders discussed UConn’s reopening plans for the fall semester. The purpose of this session was to update the UConn community on the university’s academic progress in the fall semester, as well as decisions and plans for the spring. PDF of presentation slides from Provost Lejuez

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