This is a time when many faith traditions around the world celebrate high holidays and participate in religious observance, contemplate the good the year has brought, seek atonement, and spend special moments with and remembering loved ones. It is a time when we give thanks and remember “the better angels of our nature.”
My own gratitude centers on what a privilege it is to be part of this vibrant, culturally rich and diverse community. Interacting with and having the opportunity to support students and scholars from around the world, collaborating with caring, dedicated colleagues in the University and beyond, and seeing the joys and successes of so many of you makes my work an immensely rewarding experience. Working with my remarkable staff is a privilege and a pleasure, and all of us at OIA are excited at finding opportunities for yet better service to you as a new year approaches.
So thank you for who you are and what you do! Let us jointly resolve to step into another year with conviction, humility and respect and with hard work to help create that better world we seek, whatever it may entail! I wish you Happy Holidays and a happy, healthy and successful New Year!
Tamara Felden, Director OIA