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Cultivating belonging and thriving together in 2024

Dean Sarah Peyre headshot photo outside of LeChase Hall.

Greetings Students,

As we embrace the opportunities and challenges of the new year, I am filled with gratitude and optimism. Our collective journey at the Warner School has been shaped by a commitment to supporting you in leading change, innovating and collaborating across research, scholarship and practice to make our schools, communities and world ever better. As we embark on this new chapter, I want to underscore the importance of belonging within our school community.

At the Warner School, our commitment extends beyond academic excellence — we aspire for you to experience a profound sense of belonging. We want you not only to be a part of our school but to thrive within it, feeling connected, related to and engaged on multiple levels. Together, we can pursue growth, foster innovation, and create a collaborative environment where everyone adds value and feels valued. 

Belonging is more than physical presence; it involves a deep connection with your studies and engagement with faculty and fellow students beyond the classrooms of LeChase Hall. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where you are not just seen but celebrated for your unique qualities, perspectives and the valuable assets you bring to Warner.

Always remember, you are an integral part of our diverse and vibrant school community. Embrace the opportunity to learn from each other, support one another and contribute to an inclusive culture. Our classrooms are spaces where everyone's true selves should shine. Our whole-person, holistic approach encourages you to show up as your authentic selves, and we provide the necessary support for you to realize your full potential — as both a person and a professional. With our culture of collaboration and innovation, students are better prepared to tackle complex challenges and pioneer new ways forward. 

If there's ever a moment when you feel disconnected or uncertain, know that resources and support are readily available. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Your well-being and sense of belonging are our top priorities, and we are here to ensure that your academic journey at the Warner School is both rewarding and fulfilling.

Let’s make this a time of growth, camaraderie and shared accomplishments. I wish you a year of discovery, connection and a strong sense of belonging.


Sarah Peyre, EdD
Dean, Warner School of Education