It’s always a pleasure to welcome captivating public figures to the University. Over the years we have welcomed politicians, business leaders, public servants, journalists, artists, and many more. Few have captured the heart of our campus and our community the way Dr. Jane Goodall did during her recent visit as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.
Dr. Goodall is many things, including a legendary primatologist, a dedicated conservationist, a UN Messenger of Peace, and one of the world’s foremost experts on chimpanzees. She has spent more than five decades exploring the behavior of wild chimpanzees at Gombe National Park – amazing work that redefined the relationship between humans and animals.
I was moved by the stories she shared about how she came upon her life’s work. From her childhood hopes of working with animals, to her first visits to the continent of Africa where she began to realize her dreams, her story is uplifting. She has committed her life to groundbreaking research and advocacy of conservation and animal welfare issues. Her dedication to animals and the planet are inspirational. It is people like her who truly make a difference, and I’m sure all of us were touched by some aspect of her talk.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could respond by having students start a “Roots and Shoots” program at UTA? Dr. Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program builds on her legacy and vision to empower young people to create practical solutions to big challenges. Are you the one who will step forward and lead an effort here in Arlington?