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A Message from Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs Dr. Ian Birky
Welcome to this page and thank you for taking a moment to read these words introducing you to the Division of Student Affairs. Our division is comprised of a group of dedicated and highly-trained professionals who, along with the faculty, are passionate about and committed to supporting, guiding, challenging, partnering with, and assisting the students of Lehigh.
We are well aware that if we can help create a best-in- kind environment within which to live and learn - where students feel connected, safe, respected, nurtured and challenged – students will deepen their sense of self, further develop their potential to thrive in a globally connected world, and make and maintain the most rewarding of relations that will last a lifetime. Our hope is that all students will cherish their time at Lehigh, and will identify with and love forever their alma mater.
To the best of our ability, we want to help make that a possibility and a reality, even while we are well aware that there will be occasions of distress. At times, we will have cause to grieve with one another, as well as to be angry at circumstances or others because we recognize our human capacity to sometimes wrong, disrespect, marginalize, and hurt others -- despite our aspiration to value, respect and deeply care about one another.
Nonetheless, regardless of the failures of ourselves and others, every day on our campus, we observe students thinking critically, peak performing, helping one another, and exhibiting evidence of our higher human nature. Because of this, members of our division remain resolute and encouraged that through learning and interacting together with the Lehigh student body, we will have many life-positive experiences together throughout the year.
With great excitement,
Dr. Ian Birky, Ph.D.