After a year and a half of almost entirely remote instruction, it is such a pleasure to once again see our campus come alive. I am so proud of our students and grateful to the faculty and staff of UB for putting our collective safety first. While the return to in-person instruction is welcomed, I am also mindful of the fact that this is not a return to normal. Many in our GSE community have lost loved ones to COVID-19, students across the educational lifespan have suffered serious learning loss, and we still confront, on a daily basis, deeply rooted social, economic and racial injustice.
GSE’s mission, to enhance opportunities for individuals and communities, takes center stage as we work individually and collectively through our teaching, research, outreach and engagement to address deep-rooted systemic injustice. In the pages of this edition of LEARN, you have the opportunity to read about the many ways our faculty and students engage in citizen-scholarship with the goal of making a true difference.
Thank you for your continued commitment to GSE and our priorities.
A pledge to peaceably share and care for North America’s five Great Lakes
We would like to acknowledge the land on which the University at Buffalo operates, which is the territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy. This territory is covered by The Dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship, a pledge to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is also covered by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, between the United States Government and the Six Nations Confederacy, which further affirmed Haudenosaunee land rights and sovereignty in the State of New York. Today, this region is still the home to the Haudenosaunee people, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and share ideas in this territory.