Beyond connecting with new friends and classes, the start of the academic year allows us to experience the uniqueness of identities, activities and lived experiences that will help shape our lives in multiple ways.
In the last Review, we shared how NAU observes Hispanic/Latiné Heritage Month and invited you to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens who are Hispanic and Latiné and whose ancestry originated from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. While these histories, cultures and traditions should be acknowledged every day, the heritage month allows us to enhance our focus on our Hispanic/Latiné community.
NAU is a community that exemplifies global diversity, and throughout this academic year, we will observe many different cultural, religious and historical observances. During the month of September, we will also celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as well as Mawlid and Krishna Janmashtami. Observances like these and so many others represent the diversity of the NAU community and the richness it brings to our learning and our lived experiences.
It is important to recognize our contributions to enhancing and fostering an environment of inclusive excellence for all students, faculty, and staff. It is important to be respectful, supportive, and inclusive to all members of Lumberjack family and always remember, “We are better when we work together.”
Justin Mallett, Vice President of Inclusive Excellence