Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

We are pleased that your academic journey has brought you to the Honors College, where your intellectual curiosity will be piqued as you delve deeper into research, collaborate with faculty and fellow students from multiple disciplines, and access tools designed to advance your ingenuity. Remember that your advisors are here to help you navigate the numerous academic resources available and to help you identify the focus of your final thesis project. I encourage you to engage in the many events and activities we have planned throughout the year, including Pizza and Prof, guest lectures, and the honors thesis seminars.

You will have the opportunity to meet, live with, and learn from students and faculty from many backgrounds. CHC brings together scholars from over 380 cities across Massachusetts, 38 states, and more than 20 countries. The breadth and depth of each person's experiences will broaden your academic exploration, challenge your conclusions, and enrich your journey here at the Honors College.

It is in appreciation of the richness of our community that I want to join Chancellor Subbaswammy in reaffirming UMass Amherst’s commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming living-learning environment for every member of our campus community. In addition, I echo his call for every member of our community to reject hatred in all its forms and to stand united in defense of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. You will bring to all discussions the skills of evidence, critical thinking. In doing so, we remove barriers to knowledge sharing, innovation, and solutions.

I look forward to seeing how your voice; your contribution; our collaboration will strengthen us, grow our community, and change our world.

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, PhD
Dean, Commonwealth Honors College

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