The start of a new semester, a new year, and a new decade coincides with my first-year anniversary at UNYCC. It’s been a time of reflection as I look at the year behind and at the one ahead.
For me, 2019 was a “year of connections.” Although I moved to Rochester in the winter of 2018, it took me almost a year to learn my way around. UNYCC campus visits across the region helped me understand institutional connections as well as the network of roads that link us. Eventually, I even managed to find my way home in the dark.
At the same time, these seemingly new connections had ties to my past. The daughter of one of our Prime Representatives had been roommates with our daughter. A new colleague lives around the corner. And I was reintroduced to acquaintances I made in previous positions that are now developing in a UNYCC context.
As the new year is still fresh, I’m thinking about how to move from connection to community both personally and professionally. How can I proactively enhance my sense of personal community? How can UNYCC expand and deepen connections to continually develop a shared vision?
In short, each of you is a UNYCC community-builder. When you pass along a UNYCC email to a co-worker, when you participate in a UNYCC discussion, or when you reach out to get more information, you are helping UNYCC build deeper meaning that fuels action. I invite you to keep doing it. Pass along an email about an important event. Suggest a community of practice to address an issue that would be undoable if you were working on your own but achievable when addressed collectively. Plan on participating in the UNYCC Spring meeting on Friday, April 3, 2020.
And, thanks to all of you who have made me feel at home this past year. I learned so much from listening to your discussions about your work, your challenges, and your goals. In 2020, I’m looking forward to supporting our strategic priority areas (student success, resource optimization, and leadership development) with a clear focus on serving UNYCC’s many and diverse communities.
–Suronda Gonzalez, Executive Director, UNYCC