My contribution to Biologica will be a reflection on my role, leading OCAD University through the first phases of COVID-19 – creating a set of values, strategizing a path forward, ensuring that the work force was safe, physically as well as financially, creating systems of coordination and collaboration – all needed both in the near term and to set the stage for the fall. These were the last months of my fifteen-year presidency. I handed the baton to the new president on July 1, 2020.  Rather than be a time to reflect back and celebrate with colleagues, February through June were an intense rush to address this existential threat. I was deeply humbled by the challenge and opportunity to make this final contribution as president of the university. 

Sara Diamond