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Theme for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Stronger together: Soaring toward justice

Dear Hawks,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the fall 2020 semester at Holy Names University and the beginning of an academic year like no other. Our faculty, staff, and student leaders have been preparing all summer to make sure that, regardless of the format your education takes, each of you feels welcomed, supported, and academically engaged this year.

This moment requires us to deepen our care of one another, and one of the things I love most about the HNU community is how easily this comes to us.

As you well know, our society is deeply challenged by two pandemics: the relatively recent COVID-19 pandemic and the longstanding pandemic of systemic racism. As an institution with a social justice mission, we are urgently compelled to act. It is our work to reimagine and to help create a just society through education.

The theme for this academic year will be “Stronger together: Soaring toward justice.”  While community building and creating and maintaining an anti-racist campus will always be critically important at HNU, our theme provides a clear focus for our work together this academic year. We encourage your participation and welcome your ideas about how HNU can best support community and be an actively anti-racist institution.

As we begin this year together, we have top of mind those in our community–and all throughout our state–whose lives are additionally impacted by the California wildfires. This moment requires us to both find our inner strength and our strength as a community. Despite the many challenges we face, I remain optimistic about our future. I am honored to be your president at this transformational time.

Wishing you all a strong start to the fall semester.


Mike Groener
President, Holy Names University