I’m concluding my time in office, in the same way, I began: with a challenge. To our campus decision-makers and leaders — enlist the passions and energy of students through and beyond ASUP in the pursuit of improving The Bluff we all call home. To students — seek to build faith in the potential of student government and never stop asking for more from your leaders. We all have a role to play in continuing the success of the University of Portland and preserving the wellbeing of her community. Now, more than ever, let us muster the hope that unites us and press on through this crisis. It’s with unending gratitude that I conclude my term as your president, confident that UP’s best years are still ahead. In the midst of this unmatched crisis, we remain steadfast in our purpose. We have known the need for hope. We have felt the resilient power of hope. In this hour and each after it, my friends, we will see how we ignite the rest of the world when, together, we dare to hope.
To attempt to answer the, “So, what do we do now?” question, we invite you to lean into the UP network. One significant benefit of choosing the University of Portland is the army of people who are eager and able to help you, as long as you’re willing to be helped. Ask your favorite professor for advice, reach out to the Alumni Office, reach out to ASUP, and most importantly, leverage the extensive UP network by reaching out to fellow Pilots on UP Switchboard.
In the midst of heartbreak, in the midst of what can feel like a paralyzing helplessness, we find ourselves drawn to that one refuge which answers the question of “What now?”: each other.
It’s a true privilege and heartfelt honor to serve as your president of the Associated Students of the University of Portland this year, and to welcome you to campus. I’m eager to get to know you this year, learn what inspires you and your interests, and work together to continue to improve our university.