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A Message From President Lieberman

Dear University Community,

Over the past two weeks, I have been inspired to see an abundance of activity return to our campuses. Students are settling into the residence halls, our athletics teams are back on the field, and we are again learning face-to-face in our classrooms while being flexible with hybrid and online education.

In many ways, it feels like a return to a typical fall term.

Yet, as we begin this new academic year at the University of La Verne, we are well aware that this time is unlike any in our university’s 130-year history.

Each of us has experienced a challenging past 18 months. We have worked individually and collaboratively to overcome the trials of the pandemic with grit, tenacity, and care for one another. Today is a moment to celebrate those achievements and prepare for what lies in front of us.

The success of the year ahead will require that we continue to demonstrate the same grace and dedication that we have throughout the pandemic. It will require that each of us recommit to our institutional values, belief in our mission, and long range goals for success.

That includes taking considerate actions to keep ourselves and each other as safe as possible so that we can remain together on our campuses, stay healthy, and continue to move closer to normalcy.

The emergence of new variants of COVID-19 requires that we follow the science and get vaccinated, wear masks while indoors or around others, stay home if we are sick, and follow other public health and university protocols. Please familiarize yourself with those protocols in the comprehensive La Verne Safe Return plan, which will guide us as we move into the fall and beyond.

Please also know that if you need assistance, our support and business offices are open and ready to serve faculty, staff, and students.

We have so much to look forward to this year, including a more student-friendly academic calendar; the grand opening of our new Randall Lewis Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Impact; and progress toward the goals of our 2025 strategic plan, which includes the launching of a new College of Health and Community Well-Being.

Together, as a community, we will continue to do great things. I hope to see you as we celebrate the start of our new academic year at our virtual Convocation on September 1, and on our campuses throughout the fall term.

Welcome back to the University of La Verne.


Devorah Lieberman, PhD