January 2023 Message from Julian Rogers

The first month of 2023 is nearly through and already we have much to celebrate and still, much good work yet to do.

First, we look forward to the arrival of Kate Borders, whom the Board of Trustees at University Circle Inc. (UCI), named as its next president on January 20. Borders currently serves as President of Downtown Tempe Authority & Downtown Tempe Foundation in Tempe, Arizona. She succeeds UCI interim president Gary Hanson, former executive director of The Cleveland Orchestra, who began his tenure in October 2021 after former UCI president Chris Ronayne announced his intentions to run for Cuyahoga County Executive. I’ve heard many terrific things about Borders, her leadership and commitment to building communities, the arts and urban development. She will join UCI on June 12. 

In this month’s issue, you can learn more about the Famicos Foundation, a Hough-based community development nonprofit that has expanded its relationship with the university in recent years, and the university’s Collaborative Practice program, which has played a significant role in growing that partnership. Also, you can read about Jesse Honsky, who (among other university roles) serves as the co-director of Collaborative Practice I and Anju Kotwani, who is enrolled in the course this semester. Finally, you can get to know Neighborhood Advisory Council member John Anoliefo, a Glenville resident who also serves as executive director of Famicos Foundation.

As always, be sure to check out our events section. In this issue, we've included several Black History Month events happening on campus and in our community. I encourage you to explore, learn and celebrate Black History Month.

Throughout 2023, the university will continue to enhance our existing partnerships in order to benefit community stakeholders. We also will work to expand relationships with local residents and new community partners. Stay tuned to this newsletter to stay up to date on the progress we make together!