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Thanksgiving Message from the President

Mike Groener
HNU President, Mike Groener

Dear HNU community,

I hope you are enjoying the days leading up to Thanksgiving, planning time with loved ones and menus for your upcoming feasts. As we approach this holiday, I’m reflecting on the fact that this season is both an opportunity to experience gratitude for what we have, and to think about the role each of us must play in addressing the deep and persistent inequality in our society.

In particular, Thanksgiving is a reminder of the incalculable loss indigenous people experienced due to colonization. There is work before us to find ways to honor those whose land we now occupy and to invest in our local tribal communities. Sadly, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning rather than of celebration for many.

I want to thank the HNU students who provided an alternative to our traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a newsletter that was thought-provoking and community-building. It offered our campus resources for learning about the indigenous history of Thanksgiving while providing a platform for community members to share what they are grateful for.

One of the many things I love about being a part of our Holy Names University community is the chance to learn from one another and from our surrounding community about how together we can step up to address the inequality in our society that has persisted far too long.

I hope that you, your families, and friends enjoy this time of rest and reflection.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Mike Groener