Letter from the Interim President

The Importance of Critical Thinking

We take pride in choosing to cultivate a community marked by distinct interests, talents, and backgrounds. While we encourage our students to forge an academic path that reflects their individual passions and ambitions, one ethos remains central: the anchoring of their journey in critical thinking.


From their first Core class onward, Scripps students are encouraged to question, to unpack, and to act upon their discoveries. Having the time and opportunity to think critically is a privilege, but committing to action is an urgent necessity. Action is the difference between reacting to a challenge and thoughtfully responding to it—between desiring to see the world and one’s self improve and actualizing the change we seek.


In this issue of Scripps magazine, I invite you to join us on an exploration of critical thinking and its role in bringing about positive change. For example, Professor of Art Ken Gonzales-Day looks at the world through a different lens as he teaches his photography students to ponder the impact of their self-expression. Scripps’ staff and student leadership work to address and improve inequities of diversity, inclusion, and access in multiple ways on campus and in the communities to which they belong. And through the intentional blending of disciplines—from arts and humanities to the social, physical, and natural sciences—Scripps faculty teach future scientists about the essential need to build trust and more effectively communicate with the public in times of crisis.


Through this exploration, it’s evident that the combination of a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum honed by our faculty and the intellectual pursuits of our students creates empowered individuals who contribute to society through lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.


Incipit Vita Nova.



Amy Marcus-Newhall
Interim President
Scripps College