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Message from the Dean

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualist concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the marking of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom two years ago, the words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King provide a most appropriate framing for the goals and spirit of the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative.  As educators, we have a responsibility to “educate the whole person,” and this goal stands at the heart of the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative. 

This initiative is made possible by the generosity of two of the College’s alumni, Domonique and Ashley Foxworth; Domonique ’04 is a graduate of American Studies, and Ashley ’06 is a proud English alumna.  Their vision for this project encourages our faculty to expand the classroom experience so that our students enter into a collaborative learning and working relationship with a designated under-represented community.  

I am personally inspired by the Foxworths and their commitment to issues of social justice and transformation. Our university exists in the midst of a diverse community. As a public, land-grant university our mission is to actively pursue ways of engaging the University in serving the citizens of the state of Maryland.  The Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative facilitates our ability to fulfill that special responsibility.

Advocacy for the arts and humanities has been and continues to be a cornerstone of my tenure as Dean of the College.  Projects such as the Foxworth Initiative provide yet another opportunity to showcase why and how the humanities matter to issues of critical thinking, citizenship, and social empowerment. I am, therefore, very excited to launch this inaugural year of the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative.  I want to take the opportunity to once again thank Domonique and Ashley and I look forward to an exciting year ahead. 

Bonnie Thornton Dill
Dean, College of Arts & Humanities