Thank you to everyone who joined Antonio Neri and me for the Leadership in Technology Distinguished Lecture Series event last month. Antonio’s messages of how technology can bring people together was especially meaningful when reflecting on the pandemic, when so much of our professional and personal worlds shifted online for connection. I am looking forward to continuing that theme at the upcoming 2021 Michigan IT Symposium.
When I first started at U-M, I asked this community to envision what it would look like for U-M to be a leader in the appropriate use of technology among our peers and beyond. Today, I renew my challenge to you: Envision again what it would take to be the leader in the appropriate use of technology over the next one, three, or even five years.
Our community is experiencing extreme challenges, and our Black sisters and brothers are dealing with centuries of racism and hurt that are playing out before our very eyes. I know all of us feel angry, hurt, scared, and tired of reading and watching these types of horrific events repeat every day. These acts underscore the importance of our efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of life. It challenges me and all of us to do what is right, and not to wait to make changes.