For the past several years, Unity College has been building out its Enterprise Education model, in which three key arms of the College — Distance Education, Hybrid Learning, and Sustainable Ventures — known as Sustainable Education Business Units (SEBUs), seek to discover new audiences and tailor the curriculum or services offered to best meet the needs of those audiences.
Each SEBU is led by a Vice President, and each Function is led by a Chief Officer (CO), both VPs and COs report directly to the President. This is an extension of Unity College’s Leadership in Abundance, an organizational structure based on functionality and driven by data and introduced in 2015. Leadership in abundance gives the senior-level team first-among-equals responsibility in their area of focus.
Message from the President
April 1, 2021
Dear Unity College,
Spring has finally arrived at Unity College and that means Earth Day won’t be far behind, then it’s Commencement – an annual cycle that while busy, provides a comforting rhythm – one that is needed even more this year as we, like the flowers next to our buildings, start to emerge from a long and trying winter.
A part of spring, and one of my favorite annual traditions here at Unity College, is participating in and honoring Earth Day, after all, we are America’s Environmental College. This year we will are hosting an online contest – the #UnityCollegeEarthDayChallenge.
During the month leading up to Earth Day this exciting event encourages students and Unity College supporters to participate in Earth Day activities and then post a photo or video on their Instagram feed or story and tag @unitycollege. The deadline to post and tag a photo is April 22nd and there will be prizes for the best photo, the most unique earth day activity, and the best zero waste hack. It is going to be really fun and I am looking forward to seeing the winners on April 23rd!
But what if we celebrated Earth Day long before, and well after April 22nd? I think we can, and we should. As cheesy as it sounds, truly every day is Earth Day. Ashlan Gorse Cousteau. While Earth Day calls our attention to the environment and our human impact on it, to realize a long-term, permanent, positive impact on our environment we need carry the efforts we make on April 22nd through the rest of the year.
I know this presents a challenge, but it is one that the EARTHDAY.ORG has anticipated, so they have created a helpful list of things we can do on the 364 days that are not Earth Day to make a difference for our planet. It is also important to remember, not all our efforts have to be grand – little things can add up to big things too.
So this year as you are deciding how you will celebrate Earth Day and each day after, remember The Unity College Green Pledge – I promise to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider, and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work. The guiding principle of the Green Pledge is going to help us here at Unity College not just celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, but continue our actions throughout the rest of the year, making the other 364 days one step closer to a sustainable world.
Dr. Melik Peter Khoury