KSOE Newsletter

spring newsletter
Opportunity | "When you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through the doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You Reach back and give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.  - Michelle Obama

Dear Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Friends,

We open this newsletter with the inspiring words of Michelle Obama. In her speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the former First Lady described President Barack Obama’s firm belief in equal access to opportunity for everyone in this country. “When you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity...you do not slam it shut behind you...you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” What I love most about Michelle Obama’s message is the obligation it lays down; from our own success we are called to provide others with paths to opportunity. The Saint Mary’s College mantra of “Enter to Learn ~ Leave to Serve” carries this same call to action.

The theme of opportunity resonates strongly, and threads together beautifully, the narratives in our spring KSOE Newsletter. We are pleased to showcase the stories of Gael alumni and students in this edition who are seizing opportunity, whether personally or professionally, to view the future differently, evolve with the times, and find new ways of connecting with others. In their roles as counselors, social justice community advocates, school principals, and school district superintendents these Gaels are channeling their passion and Lasallian values to find humanizing solutions to real world problems.

As we anticipate a new phase of “post-Covid” reality, we in the KSOE are committed to a culturally rich and sustainable revitalization from this past year that was marked by stark social, emotional, and physical limitations across our community. Our resilience has been proven. Through these challenges, opportunity pathways were revealed as our programs extended their reach to meet students with continued vibrancy. Our shared journey is guided by the Lasallian principles of respecting the dignity of others, honoring diversity, embracing service, faith, and the pursuit of truth, and championing social justice. We hope that you too are inspired to walk through the doors of opportunity in front of you with renewed spirit and always with one hand reaching back in solidarity. 

We aspire to use this space as a celebration and appreciation of our community, so we welcome your feedback and would love to hear what you’d like to see in our next edition. If you have a story to share with us, please fill out our story submission form. We would love to feature you.

Carol Ann Gittens, PhD
Dean, Kalmanovitz School of Education