Crazy Hat Day
“We need to wear crazy hats on the first day of school,” announced Interim Associate Dean Debra Jackson. I resisted the suggestion at first, but – as is so often the case – came to see the wisdom of our Dean’s Office resident philosopher.
The beginning of the new year is an exciting time. And it can also be a stressful time as students, faculty, and staff navigate their way through a new schedule. Crazy hats could bring much-needed levity and humor to quell the madness. However, I was still a bit reluctant. Students, faculty, and staff need to know that the Dean’s Office has the expertise to assist with their needs. Might “crazy hats” undercut our credibility, I wondered.
Then I remembered my crazy hat. Advisor Adriana Sixtos is wearing the jester’s hat in all its glorious foolishness. History, literature, and folklore are replete with examples of the deceptively simple ‘fool’ whose wise words speak truth to power, and in several spiritual and religious practices the fool or trickster serves as a catalyst for self-discovery.
I received my jester hat from the Faithful Fools who minister in the Tenderloin District where perspective and a sense of humor are crucial. As Interim Dean, I also strive to follow the way of the Fools committed “to each human’s incredible worth. Aware of our judgments, we seek to meet people where they are, through the arts, education, advocacy, and accompaniment.”
And so we welcome you – whoever you are, wherever you are. Let’s laugh together. Let’s learn together.
Dr. Robert Frakes
Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities