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Elizabeth Birr Moje

Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
School of Education

As we prepare for our centennial in 2021, we reflect on 100 years of creating better futures in education. Conceived during the influenza pandemic of 1918, the School of Education opened because our predecessors recognized the value of education to empower individuals and rebuild society when it was most needed. That same resilience propels us ever-forward as we uphold our commitments to innovative practices and scholarship, service to the public, and equity for all. We are proud to grow our legacy as we embark, with optimism, on our second century.

We are embracing the potential of this moment to bring about positive change. As educators restructure pre-K through graduate school, we are offering resources and expertise; studying the effects of this pandemic on learners and studying new ways of addressing student needs; reaching out and responding to community needs; and focusing on equity. We will not go back to normal—we know we can and will do better. 

It is time to realize our vision of developing civically engaged children, youth, and adults for a diverse and inclusive society. The Teach Blue Initiative supports our vision by growing the next generation of outstanding educators. Rather than intervening on a single point in educator development, Teach Blue supports the entire trajectory of the profession by recruiting young people through Grow-Your-Own programs, investing in future educators through Debt-Free Teaching Degrees, supporting and retaining early career professionals through teaching residencies, and elevating expert professionals as Teaching Fellows. When we invest in educators and create environments where they can thrive, we ensure that every child has access to an excellent, well-prepared educator. 

This fall we welcomed three scholars whose research and teaching advances justice and equity in education: Dr. Jamaal Matthews, Dr. Rosemary Perez, and Dr. Charles Davis III. Thanks to a generous gift, we also created the Dunn Family Endowed Chair in Psychometrics and Test Development, which will expand our work in assessment and to improve equitable education outcomes for all learners. 

Our leading faculty and top-ranked programs are bolstered by our remarkable students. It is our aim to ensure that their dreams are not deferred due to financial challenges amid the pandemic. For that reason, I created the Resilient Community Fund which provides critical funding for those experiencing unanticipated financial need. Along with the Fund for Excellence and the wonderful scholarship opportunities created and sustained by our community members, we are dedicated to making a School of Education degree accessible to all. 

Each gift to the School of Education has the power to change lives. Whether you choose to fill out the enclosed donation form or call our development and alumni relations office to discuss your philanthropic vision, please know that every gift effects change in our school and our society. Please update your email address at myumi.ch/soeUpdate to ensure you receive centennial communications and event announcements. 

We are deeply grateful for your support and for your role in the success story of our school!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Birr Moje Signature

Elizabeth Birr Moje
Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

P.S. If you are interested in making a gift, then you may reach our development team at 734.763.4880. They can help donors craft a meaningful gift and share information about matching-gift opportunities for those interested in supporting scholarships.  

We are embracing the potential of this moment to bring about positive change. As educators restructure pre-K through graduate school, we are offering resources and expertise; studying the effects of this pandemic on learners and studying new ways of addressing student needs; reaching out and responding to community needs; and focusing on equity. We will not go back to normal—we know we can and will do better. 

It is time to realize our vision of developing civically engaged children, youth, and adults for a diverse and inclusive society. The Teach Blue Initiative supports our vision by growing the next generation of outstanding educators. Rather than intervening on a single point in educator development, Teach Blue supports the entire trajectory of the profession by recruiting young people through Grow-Your-Own programs, investing in future educators through Debt-Free Teaching Degrees, supporting and retaining early career professionals through teaching residencies, and elevating expert professionals as Teaching Fellows. When we invest in educators and create environments where they can thrive, we ensure that every child has access to an excellent, well-prepared educator. 

This fall we welcomed three scholars whose research and teaching advances justice and equity in education: Dr. Jamaal Matthews, Dr. Rosemary Perez, and Dr. Charles Davis III. Thanks to a generous gift, we also created the Dunn Family Endowed Chair in Psychometrics and Test Development, which will expand our work in assessment and to improve equitable education outcomes for all learners. 

Our leading faculty and top-ranked programs are bolstered by our remarkable students. It is our aim to ensure that their dreams are not deferred due to financial challenges amid the pandemic. For that reason, I created the Resilient Community Fund which provides critical funding for those experiencing unanticipated financial need. Along with the Fund for Excellence and the wonderful scholarship opportunities created and sustained by our community members, we are dedicated to making a School of Education degree accessible to all. 

Each gift to the School of Education has the power to change lives. Whether you choose to fill out the enclosed donation form or call our development and alumni relations office to discuss your philanthropic vision, please know that every gift effects change in our school and our society. Please update your email address at myumi.ch/soeUpdate to ensure you receive centennial communications and event announcements. 

We are deeply grateful for your support and for your role in the success story of our school!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Birr Moje Signature

Elizabeth Birr Moje
Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

P.S. If you are interested in making a gift, then you may reach our development team at 734.763.4880. They can help donors craft a meaningful gift and share information about matching-gift opportunities for those interested in supporting scholarships.  

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