September Dean's message: New opportunities, learnings, beginnings

Dear Warner Students,

Welcome to the 2021-22 academic year — a new year filled with new opportunities, new learning and new beginnings. The beginning of an academic year is always an exciting time. Last week, we were delighted to welcome new and returning students to our beautiful River Campus for the official start of fall semester. For that, I am grateful and honored to be on this academic journey with you. 

It’s been nearly 18 months since we’ve gathered as a school community in LeChase Hall. Please know that we are here to support you and champion your success in this exciting transition back to in-person learning. Our dedicated faculty and staff are working to ensure the safest learning environment possible. Please stay in close communication with your professors and advisors, ask questions if you need clarification and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns.

The past year and a half has repeatedly demonstrated and reminded us of the bravery and heroic efforts of all educators — the counselors, teachers, social workers, school leaders, counselors and helping professionals — who have provided endless support, possibility and hope to children, families and communities during uncertain times. As a school, we remain committed to preparing, nurturing and supporting those ‘heroes’ in their future endeavors.

As such, you will be part of a vibrant school community of faculty, staff and graduate students at Warner. You’ll be exposed to innovative teaching, research and community partnerships. At the same time, you will have access to a mix of in-person and online classroom experiences designed to meet your needs. And Warner is committed to preparing YOU to be a transformative leader in your field.

At the heart of our mission and commitment to social justice, we continuously strive to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion at Warner. In 2020-21, underrepresented minorities made up 15 percent of our total 847 student population and our international students came to Warner from 24 different countries outside of the U.S. With Warner’s newly established Council for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, we will continue to advance equity, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of life at Warner, on campus and in our community. We remain focused on cultivating and sustaining an equitable, respectful and welcoming environment for all.

While these are just a few highlights from the past year, I am confident we will continue to grow together as a school community, and as individuals, as we fulfill our school’s mission and vision. For the road ahead, I wish you a successful fall semester — and many more new opportunities, learning and beginnings that continue throughout the new academic year.


Douglas Guiffrida, PhD, LMHC
Interim Dean, Warner School of Education and Human Development

Tags: student experience