A message from the Dean

 Humanities Dean Annalee Lepp

The 2021-2022 academic year has come to an end and, with it, there are welcome signs of spring in our midst that promise warmer days to come.

Under the shifting COVID-19 conditions over the last four months, there is no question that the pandemic has continued to present challenges for faculty members, sessional lecturers, staff, and students throughout the spring term. We moved from online to in-person or blended teaching, learning, and work and from a mandatory to a recommended mask mandate, which has required all of us to work together and make the best of a difficult situation.

Once again, I am enormously grateful to all members of the Faculty of Humanities for their fortitude, hard work, and commitment during this past term, and especially for their dedication to the high-quality education of our students.

In this newsletter, we share some of the fruits of our community’s hard work and commitment in the areas of research, teaching, experiential learning, and public engagement from the last four months. These articles show how our scholars respond to pressing local and global issues – from the invasion of Ukraine to the biases against women in varying historical and geographical contexts.

We are also proud to honour four Humanities alumni, who received Distinguished Alumni Awards in April: Sarah Hunt/Tłaliłila’ogwa (President Alumni Award; BA Gender Studies); Sage Lacerte (Emerging Alumni Award; BA Gender Studies); Carol Linnitt (Emerging Alumni Award; PhD English and CSPT); and Denis St. Claire (Indigenous Community Alumni Award; BA History). These awards are the highest form of recognition for Humanities graduates and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of those who receive them.

Last but not least, the spring newsletter also points squarely to the ongoing anti-racist and decolonial work taking place within the Humanities, through public events and community-led statements against racism in all its forms. In March, our institution’s first Indigenous Implementation Strategy was unanimously approved by a council of representatives from across the Faculty. This important document promises to help us move in a good direction; now it is up to all of us to do the work.

Until next time, I want to wish all of you a rejuvenating and enjoyable summer.

- Annalee Lepp, Dean

May 5, 2022