A Note to the WW Community

By Rajiv Vinnakota, President, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation

Dear Fellows and Friends—

We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe.

As is true for many of you, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a great deal for all of us at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. As a team, we’ve moved our operations online. WW staff members are working from home, Fellowship convenings have been reimagined as virtual events, and selection committees have gathered via videoconference.

And, like many of you, those of us who work at WW have shifted much of our attention and concern to local and national efforts to maintain public health, care for our families and communities, and ensure that basic needs are met. Obviously these are priorities for all of us.

At the same time, even as we address these immediate personal and civic priorities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation remains focused on strengthening the nation’s communities and educational institutions for the challenges they now face. We believe it is more important than ever to support the scholars, teachers, leaders, and institutions whose futures are being shaped now, in the middle of this moment of crisis.

For that reason, the Foundation remains committed to providing financial and developmental support through our programs, strengthening American K–12 and higher education and, ultimately, our democratic society as a whole. In the coming weeks, WW will be naming new Fellows in various programs, recognizing outstanding individuals who are poised to lead—in classrooms, on campuses, and beyond—in the years to come. We hope that these announcements will come as some much-needed good news in these uncertain times.

Please join us, in the weeks ahead, in celebrating these new Fellows, congratulating them on their achievements, and welcoming them into the network of excellence and thought leadership that the Foundation represents.

In the meantime, please keep safe and well,



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