Dear Members of the TC community:

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I write to express gratitude for being part of a community that is making such a positive impact each and every day. Teachers College faculty, students, and staff have always been at the forefront of tackling the world’s most challenging issues, by striving for greater educational and health equity, racial justice, psychological well-being, and more. Your energy and efforts on these fronts, even in the face of tremendous obstacles over the past 20 months, are a continuing source of inspiration.

Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season — followed almost immediately this year by Hannukah (Chag Sameach to those who celebrate!) — and, for many of us, it will be the first time we have gathered for the holiday in person with extended family or friends since 2019. I hope you draw nourishment not only from your Thanksgiving meal but also from being again with loved ones. And I hope, during this time of reflection and gratitude, you will draw satisfaction from knowing that the work you are doing is a force for good in our city, country, and across the globe. 

We have endured so much in the past year — I thank you all for upholding the protocols and mitigation measures that have allowed us to safely gather together on campus once again. As we look ahead with optimism, I hope you will continue to follow precautions to stay safe and healthy over the holidays. 

As a reminder, we will close at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, and the campus will be closed on Thursday and Friday. And please mark your calendars for the annual State of the College address on Monday, December 6, at 3:00 pm. 

Thank you for all you do to create a smarter, healthier, and more equitable world. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


President Bailey's signature

Thomas Bailey
President, Teachers College