Dear Panthers and Families,

It was great to see so many of you engaged and having fun during our successful Virtual Spirit Weekend last weekend. Capturing our Panther Pride virtually was a challenge we’ve been working on for months, and I think our community knocked it out of the park.

Whether you mixed and mingled, ran in our Steps for Impact 5K race, celebrated our accomplished alumni and students, or enjoyed the music of Jason Derulo in concert, there were so many opportunities for networking, reminiscing, celebration and fun. It was wonderful to see our Panther families so engaged in the weekend’s activities too. I hope you all enjoyed every minute.

Our Adelphi community is an active and vibrant one—we pride ourselves on our community engagement and inclusive spirit. This past weekend also saw groups of our students organize and exercise their freedom of expression and ideas. On Saturday, a safe in-person demonstration took place on our campus’ Flagpole Lawn to raise critical conversations for the Adelphi community; it culminated with a peaceful march around campus. Additionally, a Drive-In for Black Lives program was presented by our Caribbean Student Union organization in partnership with our Black Student Union, African Students Association, Center for Student Involvement and Levermore Global Scholars program. It makes me proud to see our students responsibly and respectfully take part in activism together in support of important causes.

On that note, another way to make our voices heard is to vote in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 3. For those of you registered to vote in New York, early voting is underway; visit our Adelphi Votes website for helpful links to look up early voting sites by county, find your Election Day polling place or request a New York state absentee ballot. For those registered outside New York, learn more about voting in your state.

Thank you again for being part of our Adelphi family, which is so special because of what each of you brings to it. Go, Panthers!


R. Sentwali Bakari, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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