As a Glendon alumnus, I am proud to continue to serve as Interim Principal in 2020.
Glendon remains committed to its core mission anchored in the liberal arts, bilingualism and in its global focus. We firmly believe that it is essential to forming the citizens of today and tomorrow. Why the liberal arts? The liberal arts are about the core tenets of humanity, about what it is to be human and what distinguishes us from machines. Studies in the liberal arts provide a moral compass – the capacity to distinguish right from wrong. The liberal arts are about how we engage with one another, learn from one another, develop meaningful relationships and engage in substantive dialogue; we need the liberal arts to figure out how to live and be with each other. Studying in the liberal arts instills a love of learning, curiosity, the pursuit of self-betterment and accepting that we have the responsibility to strive for a better, more just and equitable and sustainable future.
Glendon is not bilingual just for the sake of being bilingual. ‘We speak the world’ because we believe that languages provide an invaluable set of skills. In a diverse, welcoming, inclusive community, languages provide the essential means by which to communicate and to truly listen to each other. Languages are essential for the development of intercultural competencies.
We are global in scope because leadership needs to be exercised locally, nationally and internationally. We are faced with incredible challenges today, whether it be in China, the Middle East, or even next door in the United States, and our students can and will play a role in shaping a better tomorrow.
While we remain committed to our core mission, we do so in a way that is increasingly creative and innovative. The new g21 – the newly developed inquiry-based incubator – provides students with an incredible opportunity to look for solutions to problems that are afflicting the world today. Glendon students are provided with a vast array of experiential education opportunities. For instance, students have the chance to learn and practice their French in France for credit, and to obtain a work placement on location. We continue to innovate in the way that we teach and in the way that our students learn. The Biology program offers an urban fields course that is unique in the province taking advantage of our campus-setting. Glendon’s Digital Media Lab ensures that our students have access to the latest technology for learning, the production of videos and podcasts. These value-added offerings help our students to prepare for the world of work by equipping them with transferable skills and essential competencies.
Glendon has always been, remains and will continue to be a tight-knit community. Our 2,500 students are at the heart of this community. After graduation, our 17,000 alumni keep connected through a variety of programs, regional networks and events. Our students and alumni also have the opportunity to access resources as part of the broader York family.
Glendon provides access to a park-like 85-acre campus in mid-town Toronto – the ideal natural setting to learn and to grow. Our campus resides on Indigenous lands, and as an educational institution, we understand that Indigenization benefits us all; our various initiatives provide our community members with a richer understanding of Indigenous cultures.
We also offer direct access to faculty members via small classes which ensures that students are mentored and obtain the guidance and support that they need to reach their potential and to succeed. Glendon provides an environment that is safe, open, diverse and inclusive.
Today, because the mission is so critically important – Alteri Saeculo. And, we do it together!
Professor Ian Roberge