"Engage" is one of my favorite words. It goes beyond "talk," "participate," or even "connect" and speaks to an interaction that has depth and meaning. People and organizations that engage are vibrant, active, concerned, smart, and empathetic. They hear, they think, they act, and they care.
That’s why, for me, the most exciting part of the Campaign for Harvard Divinity School is the opportunity to engage with our amazing alumni and friends: to expand our outreach and provide more of the School’s intellectual content, as we did last year through our monthly HDS Current e-magazine and via social media; to make it easier for you to access information and resources on mobile devices, as we did with the redesign of the HDS website; and to gather many of you for conversations on religion and the literary imagination, human rights, and ethics, as we did during the launch of the campaign last April.
You responded to these efforts by participating in the life of the School with new enthusiasm. You came to events. You called and wrote when we did something that touched you—or, in some cases, when we rubbed you the wrong way.
You also gave as never before. I’m delighted to announce that last year donations to the HDS annual fund topped $1 million, a new record! Thank you!
As the campaign shifts into high gear, your support is more important than ever. In the pages that follow, you’ll find information about our vision and goals, especially the effort to renew the heart of the HDS campus. Please be in touch with us to learn more and to get involved.
This year, we will do even more to bring the School closer to you. Look for announcements in the months ahead about a powerful new online community exclusively for HDS alumni and friends. Be on the lookout, too, for news of some world-class speakers coming to campus this fall.
From all of us here at HDS, our deepest thanks for your time, your attention, and your extraordinary support!
Hannah T. Peters
Associate Dean for External Relations