A Message from the Dean

November 18, 2013

Dear Human Services Colleagues,

Change is upon us in higher education. The past several years we have all witnessed transformations and fluctuations that challenge us in how we view and live day to day in the world of higher education. Our academic roles as faculty and staff are in flux. Last spring, I invited colleagues from each of your disciplines to examine the trends that are being projected onto higher education and assess what these might mean to our collective professions within human services. The taskforce’s charge has been to envision educational innovation for the professional entering Human Services in the year 2023.

We as colleagues come together as a “community” of human services. Our students and graduates all in some manner, focus on improving the well-being and quality of life of individuals across diverse contexts and cultures. Many commonalities exist amongst the skills, abilities, ethics and knowledge that we value in professionals within our collective disciplines. However, we acknowledge that the future is going to be different, and that we need to start getting ready for it. How then do we plan for educating, preparing and training the human services professional of 2023?

The Human Services 2023 Taskforce invites you to join them for a half day of visioning for the future of our students and dare to dream and create something that does not exist yet, but could with your imagination and courage. Please join your colleagues on January 20, from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM to work with other EHS faculty and staff to create our vision. It will be a day where you interact with colleagues across disciplines, share values, and forge potential collaborations. Please invest a little time in this recognized college service opportunity and join in imagining what our future can be.

Please let us know if you can attend the event. Visit the registration page to register for the event.


“Dr. Dale”

Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson

Professor and Dean 

College of Education and Human Services

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