A few closing words on 2020 from Sandro Galea, the dean of BU’s School of Public Health.
2020 was a year that reminds us of our good fortune. Our good fortune to be part of a university community whose meaning, purpose, and identity have never been clearer. Our good fortune to live through history. And that good fortune comes with responsibility. It is now our responsibility to learn from this year, to create a next normal better than where we started. It is on us to create a better world where we boldly address the challenges of unexpected stressors, the fragility of our economic systems, and the socioeconomic and racial divides that became so clear in 2020.
As Howard Thurman once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”