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In the Spotlight
September 3, 2021

Welcome to the New Academic Year!

Hello Terriers!

Welcome to the start of the 2021-22 academic year!

We're delighted to open our campus doors once again to the SFC community, for our final year at Remsen Street before we move to our new Downtown Brooklyn campus next September.

While we largely return to in-person classes, labs, events and activities beginning September 8, I'm proud that we are offering students significantly more options for online learning.

We committed and continue to increase educational access and flexibility, by integrating the best technology and sophisticated teaching techniques into a host of dynamic online learning opportunities.

This fall, students can now complete seven SFC programs entirely or partially online. The know-how we acquired from the last 18 months of remote instruction informs these innovations in our curriculum.

We are also delivering on our promise to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion in all we do. This summer, Jeanne Arnold, Ed.D. joined my cabinet as SFC's first permanent Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, in addition to serving as the College's Chief of Staff.

You will hear from Dr. Arnold throughout this year, as she thoughtfully advances SFC's long-standing Franciscan commitment to respect, celebrate and champion the dignity, talents, contributions and potential of all individuals.

Moreover, SFC leaders remain steadfast in our efforts to safeguard the health and well-being of everyone who comes to our campus.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and each of us must do our part to help protect ourselves and each other, by submitting the COVID-19 Proof of Vaccine that is required of all students and employees, and by continuing to follow College rules, including mask wearing, while on campus. We ask that students, faculty and staff affirm their commitment by signing the Terrier Pledge.

Please reach out for help when you need it. Faculty and administrators are here if you have questions or need extra support. You can find more information about fall 2021 on the Back to Brooklyn web page, or you can email [email protected].

I look forward to seeing many of you on September 7 at Convocation and the Terrier Tuesday Block Party, on campus and at athletic competitions throughout the fall.

I wish you all a fulfilling and rewarding semester.

In Peace and Friendship,

Miguel Martinez-Saenz

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