To the Valued Partners of the Kirwan Institute,

It is bittersweet that in January I will be returning to The New School as a university professor and inaugural director of an institute for the study of race, stratification and political economy. This is an attractive opportunity for me both professionally and personally. I remain proud of and committed to the mission of the Kirwan Institute, and will remain so even after I return to New York.

I can assure you that Kirwan and Ohio State will continue to engage with community partners in meaningful ways, just as we have over the last 17 years. Your support and partnership are appreciated and necessary for our work to truly affect change. My tenure at Ohio State will last through the end of the year, and I will continue to be fully engaged in advancing our mission.

As Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron describes in the attached message below, the university remains dedicated to the mission of the Kirwan Institute, and leaders are already preparing for a smooth transition and to identify the next leader of the institute. I am grateful for the incredible staff at Kirwan, who are the essence of why Kirwan is a premier and respected local and national resource for racial and social equity. Their passion and commitment to justice is fierce. Kirwan is in more than capable hands, and I encourage you to continue engaging with us on current and future projects, ideas and discussions to change our communities and world.

Now, as much as ever, regardless of location, institution or organization, we need to double down on our efforts to bring about a more just society. Although I will be returning to New York, with you these efforts will continue, and I hope you see me as a partner and ally, along with the Kirwan Institute, for many years to come.

With humility, gratitude and best wishes,

Darrick Hamilton