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From the President, April 2020

Apr 5, 2020

The universe is changing; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

These words from across centuries speak to us today as perhaps never before. Change has come to every community, every institution, every country. In the midst of this upheaval, I have been heartened by two things here at DRBU. The first is the incredible response of our faculty and staff in helping students to deal with this abrupt change. As we rallied to close the campus and move to online instruction, they worked overtime to prepare checklists for students, help schedule travel arrangements, provide packing materials, set up storage for students who will be returning in the fall, tutor them in online technology–the list goes on and on. We are fortunate to be blessed with such a caring and dedicated workforce.

I am also heartened by the response of our students. Even as they were rushing to prepare for travel to places where they would shelter, they found time to support each other, providing emotional support, transportation to airports for those without cars, even offering up their homes if someone had no other place to go. At a farewell dinner just before the campus closed, many students expressed their gratitude to DRBU, speaking about what DRBU means to them, and what they have gained from their time here. 

We have learned that we are a resilient community. Since that farewell dinner, classes have started up again online, and are going well. Our flexibility and adaptability have allowed us to pick right up from where we left off. Students and faculty alike are happy to be reconnecting and continuing with our shared inquiry pedagogy “at a distance.” 

Although we are now scattered across the country and around the world, we remain connected by the bonds of friendship, by the experiences we have shared, and by the knowledge that we will come together again in the fall to continue the work that we have always done, and continue to do, together.

As we move through this period of upheaval, we know that many things are out of our control. But we remember that our lives are lived one moment at a time. In each moment, as Marcus Aurelius reminds us, our thoughts make up our lives. And that is something that we can work with.