A Message from our Director

Headshot of Sherry Ryan

The Fall 2021 semester is off to a precarious start! Many of us are enjoying being on campus and interacting with colleagues and students we haven’t seen for 18 months and many of us still need to stay distanced in the confines of our homes. We are delivering courses in person even while students here and there are reporting contracting COVID. This has certainly added a new dimension to our campus life as faculty, staff, and students.

Even in these precarious times, we have continued to excel, grow, and do good work. In this newsletter, we highlight our phenomenal students with a focus on the 2021 Outstanding Students from each of our five degree programs. We have also been lucky to attract and hire four new excellent faculty, two for the main SDSU campus and two for the Imperial Valley campus.

You will also read about our dedicated School of Public Affairs champion, the fabulous Jack McGrory, who generously gifted us $1 million in July 2021 to support our faculty, students, and staff in perpetuity. His gift is a shining ray of hope in these strange times. We all owe him a hearty thanks for his confidence in and appreciation of the critical work we do to grow our collective understanding, capacity, and participation in positive civic life.

Sherry Ryan
Director and Professor