Our Bears stand out. In a year where nothing was ordinary, they managed to be extraordinary. They’ve demonstrated resolve and an innate ability to find creative solutions to problems. And while 2020-21 may always be overshadowed by a global pandemic, social unrest, and political divide, the Ursinus community proved that when it works together, it can rise above adversity and give us reason to be filled with optimism and hope. Every Bear played a role. This past year has reaffirmed what we always knew about them: they bleed red, old gold, and black, and they always go above and beyond for the college they love. For those reasons— and despite the most unpredictable circumstances—Ursinus has endured. These are just some of our game changers—our scholars, innovators, and leaders; Bears who represent the very best of the Ursinus community.
DEFENDING THE DEN
Ursinus faculty, staff, and student volunteers were instrumental in ensuring the testing and
contact-tracing process was a success. Many Bears took on additional roles to coordinate on-site
testing in the field house and case management when someone tested positive—a real boots-onthe-ground approach to mitigating the virus.
The pandemic became a unique opportunity to have these education-based discussions, but then also show students what they could do to bridge what they’re learning in the classroom with professional experience.”
– NICOLE IVASKA,
LECTURER IN HEALTH AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY,
on leading a student contact-tracing team
WE VALUE AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY
While words certainly matter, our actions have meaning. Ursinus College is committed to inclusion, and equity, and promoting a more just world.–Heather Lobban-Viravong, Vice President For College And Community Engagement
- The Institute for Inclusion and Equity (IIE) expanded and welcomed two full-time staff members in addition to Director Ashley Henderson. Diana Deoki serves as assistant director, student leadership and transition, and Jasmine Soriano ’20 is assistant director, intercultural and community engagement.
- Radiance trains and employs six students as staff and volunteers to connect other students to resources within the Ursinus LGBTQ+ community.
- The IIE created virtual and in-person leadership opportunities for 74 students to serve as IIE ambassadors, Recharge Community Study coordinators, Radiance ambassadors, and peer mentors.
- Monthly healing and equity circles served as a community of care, truth, and reconciliation around understanding oppression (such as racism, sexism, class, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia) and combating hate.