The day is here — and so far, so good.
Martin Jarmond’s first day as UCLA Athletic Director has kicked off with a new initiative. No longer will the sounds of the UCLA voices go unheard it seems. No longer will the boos directed at a former AD go unfulfilled.
#MJListens is an initiative brought forward today that encourages UCLA community members to speak out and is set to allow Jarmond to, well, quite literally listen. They launched a tweet with a little more from Jarmond on the subject:
As we welcome @MartinJarmond on his official first day as UCLA AD, we are excited to launch #MJListens! Martin wants to hear from the Bruin community, the people who know UCLA best!— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) July 1, 2020
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Jarmond explained the initiative even more in a letter to the UCLA community:
I’m writing to you today honored to be your new athletic director and excited to get to work. The opportunity to lead an athletics program as elite as UCLA’s is a tremendous privilege. The tradition and the legacy of excellence and leadership that has been established in Westwood is second to none, and I am looking forward to building upon that legacy and helping to move the program forward.
That process starts with listening to and learning from all of you. That’s why, today, I am excited to launch MJ Listens. Over the course of the next several months, I am committed to hearing from the people who know UCLA best: the students, faculty, alumni, staff and, of course, Bruin fans.
I recognize that this is a time of uncertainty for all of us. The coming months still hold many unknowns, and you have questions that I probably can’t answer right now. As we move forward, however, my intention is to write to you regularly over the course of the next few months, and share updates as often as I can. Your support means the world to us, and more importantly, to our student-athletes. I have heard a lot of great things about the Bruin family, and I look forward to meeting many of you in person.
Don’t forget: I want to hear from you. If you are interested in learning more about MJ Listens, visit www.uclabruins.com/mjlistens.
We’re excited to see this unfold for sure, and excited for our voices to be heard.
Be sure to head to MJListens on the UCLA website to have your testimonial heard.