Campus & Community Conversations

September 15 – October 31

Chancellor Johnson will conduct small-group "campus and community conversations" and a couple of Open Forums with internal and external groups to solicit your ideas and perspectives regarding a vision for UMassD’s future. We are in the process of developing invitation lists for these various conversations.

Your input will help inform the process of identifying our strategic areas of focus as we complete the UMassDTransform2020 strategic plan. These strategic priorities will be fully articulated at Chancellor Johnson’s Inauguration in April 2018.

We will also begin the formal development of a new strategic plan beginning in January 2018—a plan that will take us to 2025.

Share your input

Open Forums

  • Thursday, October 26, 9:00-11:00am – Stoico/FIRSTFED Foundation Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library
  • Tuesday, October 31, 3:00-5:00pm – Stoico/FIRSTFED Foundation Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library

Online Survey

You can also provide input through our survey:

The survey will be open September 15 - October 31

A vision

A vision is an image of the future we wish to create. The future is not limited to one possible result—your imagination can create vast possibilities that have not yet been considered.

Don’t limit your ideas by worrying if they are too far-fetched or improbable—we never know what’s possible until we try.

Here’s an excerpt about possibility thinking from Chuck Gallozzi's How far is far; how high is high? We'll never know until we try:

What we often call "impossible" is merely something we have yet to try. How do we know what we can do, or not do, unless we try? By looking for possibilities and trying new things, we break free from our limitations and discover our own power. The following, which was written in 1730 in a church in England, is worthwhile pondering: "A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision and a task is the hope of the world."

The first step in discovering a new possibility is to search for it . . . The reward for seeking is discovery. Remember, as Sophocles (BC 495 - 406) taught, "What is unsought will go undetected." After opening our eyes to new possibilities, we need to act . . . Often, the only difference between the "possible" and the "impossible" is persistence. That is, what we call "impossible" to achieve is merely something we gave up on.