I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break. The holiday is always a good opportunity to reflect on the many things we are thankful for in our lives. It’s also a reminder that the end of the calendar year is right around the corner!
I’m sure many of you have seen the messages from President Sands and Provost McNamee describing the new InclusiveVT Program. The new distributed model allows our college to identify diversity and inclusion initiatives that are of high priority to the CALS community. The CALS Diversity Council and college leadership team have been working on identifying some preliminary initiatives that will be presented to the InclusiveVT Executive Council, which is chaired by President Sands. We anticipate opportunities for broad engagement from the college as the process moves forward.
In a previous issue of Insights, I mentioned that the search for a new entomology department head was progressing. The search committee, chaired by Beth Grabau, successfully recruited three candidates for on-campus interviews. Discussions are currently underway with the candidates and we expect to announce a new head after the first of the new year.