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Adelphi's 10th President is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and team performance.

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Meet President Riordan

An internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion and team performance.
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Message from the President

When the Threat Feels So Close To Home

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dear Adelphi Community,

Yet another school shooting has occurred. My heart goes out to all who are personally affected by any of these tragic events.

I have taken notice—and I am sure you have too—of how young people, students in particular, around the country are now tenaciously calling for change and demanding a solution to protect them from acts of mass violence at schools and on campuses. I know the discussion is taking place among organizations here at Adelphi, and our student newspaper The Delphian asked for my comments for their recent article about the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 15 students and two teachers.

Many of America’s young people are exercising their first amendment right to raise their voices in peaceful demonstration—at their schools and in Washington, D.C. I encourage them to be safe, considerate and always mindful of their principled goal. I also applaud them for their courage to stand up and be heard on an issue that impacts them—rather directly.

I’m also proud to reassure future Panthers on the matter of peaceful demonstration. Adelphi Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Kristen Capezza announced that a student’s peaceful participation will not affect their admission decision at Adelphi, joining hundreds of other admissions officers taking a similar stance.

I think you’ll agree that every time another school shooting happens in our country, it intensifies our collective concerns and fears.

Now seems like an appropriate time to reassure our Adelphi campus community—as well as future students and families, alumni, friends, visitors and neighbors—that the safety of every person on all our campuses is my highest concern. 

Adelphi is ranked in the top 5% in campus safety in New York, and we are dedicated to keeping it that way. 

But what does that mean to you exactly?

Finally, I genuinely thank our Department of Public Safety and the entire Adelphi community for being diligent and dedicated to keeping our University fun, healthy, safe and welcoming for all.

In the next few days, you will receive additional communication and outreach from Public Safety about our safety protocol. In the meantime, here is a link to their site with critical information:

Together, let’s keep our community safe.

All the best,

President Christine M. Riordan Signature

Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.

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