May 1, 2020
Happy Friday. My reflection this week is pure and simple: I would like to thank the scores of you and your partners whose acts of kindness across the Upper Valley and beyond are providing respite, hope, and a little joy to so many.
Here are a just a few examples of kindness that I and so many colleagues have learned about as our spring term has unfolded.
Year in and year out, you students are an important presence in the local community. But your inspiring acts of kindness this year will last far beyond this finite time of pandemic. Maya Angelou, the decorated American poet and civil-rights activist, once reflected that, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” You are making people feel connected rather than alone, and empowered rather than afraid. What a great testament to our distinct Tuck community.
Maya Angelou also encouraged us to “try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” To every one of you, for all the ways you are making possible being kind at this time with a lot of clouds seeking rainbows, thank you!
And, as always, please take good care this weekend.
Matthew J. Slaughter
Dean of the Tuck School of Business
Dartmouth has formed a high-level task force to plan for and manage possible disruptions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, monitor federal and state recommendations, implement guidance, and communicate with our community.