Dear Friends of OCD,
It is not coincidental that this funding campaign formally came to an end during the Thanksgiving season. As I watched the generosity of others over these last few months, I felt so many emotions. I was humbled and honored, confident, and ever so thankful.
Let me explain. I was and am humbled and honored that the creators of this campaign thought to label such a worthy cause with my name, this work is the mission of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development (OCD). I am confident that students, who will benefit directly from these contributions, will carry on the important work of using science and research, through partnerships with community organizations, to improve policies and practices on behalf of children and their families, a legacy of OCD.
I am thankful for the hard work of so many people to see this campaign be successful. There were many offices at Pitt that worked together, behind the scenes, to promote this work including the University’s School of Education, Institutional Advancement, and of course, the Office of Child Development.
And finally, I can’t express my appreciation enough for the generosity of so many people who, by their contributions to this effort, gave a vote of confidence for the future of OCD and its mission. We heard from friends of the past who were connected to OCD decades ago, from families who attribute the success of their children to our work, from university administrators and faculty, from current and former staff and students, who learned from each other, and from so many others who are loyal supporters of this work!
I recognize, once again, how blessed I have been to be a part of something so meaningful. So it is with the deepest sense of gratitude, that I thank you all.