February 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, February is recognized as Black History Month and it is a time to focus our attention on the achievements of African Americans in U. S. history. I wondered about its origins, which also led me to think about the act of naming. When we name something it is a sign of respect and acknowledgement of its existence. It gives a sense of … Continue reading February 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

January 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, The beginning of a new year, so Happy New Year to everyone! There are many changes afoot and with the beginning of a new year and an opportunity for a fresh start, I reflected on new beginnings and how things get started. This led me to think about the book launch my colleague, Joan Lopez, and I are preparing for and how … Continue reading January 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

December 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, Many of us are looking forward to the ending of this year, which has tested our limits over and over again. There are a variety of words we can assign that highlight the unpredictability of this past year, and the very overused word, unprecedented. It is not only that we were challenged on several fronts, it is that we were challenged on … Continue reading December 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

November 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, The recent election process and results in the U.S. highlighted that we are a polarized nation. There are people who are at extreme ends of the continuum and are vocal about their beliefs and choices. Then there are the folks in the middle who are less vocal, but hold deeply held beliefs, as well. I remember it being coined as the silent … Continue reading November 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

October 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, I was looking at some blank canvases I have sitting on a shelf and realized it has been a while since I had sketched or done artwork. Yes, decorating my house is a form of artistic expression, but not quite the same. I consider myself a dormant artist because while I do have a background in art, I do not provide myself … Continue reading October 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

September 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, The beginning of a new semester is an opportunity to think about the type of community we want to build with our constituents; students, other faculty, staff members, alumni, within SPS, across Columbia University, our profession, and so on. We may not be aware that this is what we are doing if we think about completing a series of tasks to get … Continue reading September 2020: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida