Thought Leadership from President Anne Prisco, Ph.D.
Following three school years impacted by COVID-19 mitigation measures, hitting K-12 schools in high-poverty areas across the United States the hardest, education experts are now assessing how the pandemic impacted—and continues to impact—the state of K-12 education nationwide.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (March 8) was breaking the bias and “imagining a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated (where we) shine a spotlight on activity uplifting and inspiring women to pursue goals without bias or barrier.”
So often we talk about education in terms of dollars spent. How much does tuition cost? What is the earning potential of a degree? Is a college education really worth the time and money? While those are valid questions, I would like to examine the broader picture of the value of post-secondary education and the financial and opportunity costs of impeding access to that education.
Since my arrival in July, I have been talking about faith and family as these words have real meaning for me personally, and for us as an institution. They reflect our current position, how we arrived here, and where we are headed. One poignant example of this occurred at one of our weekly masses in the chapel. I noticed two Muslim students in attendance, and as we chatted after the service, they explained they were taking a world religion class and wanted to understand Catholic traditions. Astutely, they cited similarities to their own faith and commented on how welcoming and open the Holy Family University campus was in making them feel right at home. This is what we are about.
Teneor votis (“I am bound by my responsibilities”) is the motto of Holy Family University, but how does it manifest itself in our daily lives? First and foremost, we believe our responsibility is to our community, whom we consider our family. How can we help our family grow and prosper?