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From the Alumni Director: Together Again

January 1, 2022

Jessica Walcott Murray

Jessica Walcott Murray

Dear alumni and friends,

As you may have experienced recently, returning to an activity—even one you know quite well—after a long pause is not unlike re-learning how to ride a bicycle. There may be a few nerves and a wobble or two, but then excitement and anticipation take over and it’s time to go.

It had been nearly 18 months since we hosted an in-person alumni event, when, on a sunny day this past September, we welcomed Maxwell alumni from the 1970s through the 2020s for an outdoor luncheon and conversation about our ongoing work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Maxwell. With safety protocols in place, the outdoor event was held during Syracuse University’s Coming Back Together, a triennial reunion of Black and Latinx graduates.

During the program, Dean David M. Van Slyke spoke about Maxwell’s commitment and efforts to increase diversity and foster an inclusive and accessible environment. Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Gladys McCormick updated guests on current initiatives, including the creation of affi nity groups for faculty and graduate students of color and the successful implementation of a training program for graduate students. You can keep track of the latest developments by visiting

Associate Dean McCormick also facilitated a group conversation during which alumni shared their own experiences and insights. Attendees engaged in discussion about challenges and opportunities they experienced at different times during their personal and professional journeys, from their time as students on campus to their roles after graduation. It was moving to see the sense of community demonstrated as alumni shared their stories with Maxwell and with each other—and in doing so became a part of Maxwell’s DEI journey.

With my first bike ride in many months a success, I’m looking forward to welcoming you back to campus or visiting you where you live. To keep tabs on the latest alumni events and offerings headed your way, visit our website

Stay in touch and be well,

Jessica Murray
Director of Alumni Relations

Published in the Winter 2022 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

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