View from the Chair-Elect, Irv Levy, Spring 2018

Irvin J. Levy

“Begin at the beginning… and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll 1832-1898

Greetings! I am beginning my time of service on the Division of Chemical Education’s chair succession this winter. Even though I have been busy working behind the scenes with the Executive Committee during the past seven years, as the Division’s Program Chair, I am impressed with the many projects and activities that are underway and I am inspired by the dedication of our volunteers who are leading those initiatives.

There are two specific overarching themes that I will continue to work on in the next several years. First is our explicit goal to increase diversity, writ large, in our activities and Committees. For example, the “Call for Symposia” for the Boston meeting (fall 2018) was the first to have this statement:

“The Division of Chemical Education includes members that vary in ethnic/racial background, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status, as well as professional level and area of expertise.  To meet the needs of its membership, the Division encourages and supports a wide range of topics for its programming.  Specifically, the Division seeks to recruit diverse symposium organizers and to provide programming that attracts speakers of various backgrounds, appeals to a variety of audience members, and focuses on issues related to diversity and inclusion.”

Many thanks to Andy Marsh and the Program Committee for crafting this statement. I look forward to creative ways that this will broaden participation in our meetings and to the ways that other Division Committees will do likewise.

This past January several of us attended the ACS Leadership Conference in Dallas. I was particularly pleased to learn about the resources that ACS has to assist Divisions in the development of a strategic plan. Critical to any strategic plan is the ability to clearly understand the organization’s mission, vision, and purpose. I plan to put significant effort into facilitating a strategic plan for our Division during the next few years. If you have had experience developing strategic plans, please reach out and share your expertise with us.

I look forward to seeing many of you in the Big Easy; Laissez les bon temps roulez!

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