We were ready for 2020. Our momentum going into the year was powerful and accelerating.
Then a pandemic struck.
The year 2020 tested our resolve, our fortitude, our determination. It put our creative culture, ingenuity and innovation to the test. The challenges brought by both the coronavirus pandemic and race crisis in America could’ve halted the momentum of our college. But they didn’t. Yes, the challenges were difficult to overcome. They tried us in new ways, but instead of stopping us, the challenges brought to light needed change and ways to improve. And they strengthened the team within the college.
We brought technology, training and a lot of compassion to bear to equip our faculty and students to be able to thrive in most unusual times. And we increased our attention to underrepresentation in our college and in the industry with authenticity and direct action.
The pandemic wasn’t the only headline in our college in 2020. We think you’ll see in our annual report that our student creativity soared. Our faculty resolve was amplified. We advanced our commitment to having a diverse and inclusive environment. The generosity of our donors was record breaking. We formed and strengthened key partnerships for the benefit of students.
And we advanced the university’s land-grant mission to enrich the quality of life for people in our region and world.
Throughout 2020, we relied on our keen innovation to redesign how to teach, learn and operate. Innovation has been a calling card for the college, and one example is the face shield designed by Asst. Professor Maged Guerguis for health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Read about UT Shield.