March 24, 2020
Dear Campus Community,
It seems like every time we slow down and try to process our current situation, we are hit with more news. For some, this transition has been simple, for other, it feels like the past couple weeks have been unstable and nonstop. I could write a million words of encouragement, and I do send all of my love and prayers to you all, your families, and your friends; but enough words. Words are not enough to fix what has been closed, postponed or cancelled; words are not enough for the individuals losing their jobs, suffering from health issues. Words are not enough for those who have been left in the shadows due to this pandemic. I understand we need more.
Your Vice President and I ran under a very clear campaign, with a promise to amplify your voices in the places where you need them heard. That work doesn’t stop; and we understand that it is needed now more than ever.
As you are aware, it has been decided that we will not be returning to campus this spring and classes will continue to be taught remotely. It has been decided so far to postpone commencement until late 2020. Most of our staff will work online and campus entities continue to function remotely. Students in housing have been asked to move out with exceptions of special cases. Faculty are being provided training and assistance on how to make this change work in each of their courses.
Associated Student offices as of last Friday have closed with the exception of the Ticket Office; however, all offices will continue to take questions, and all have phone numbers and different forms of contact available to answer any questions.
Your student leaders are ready, and we want to make ourselves as available as possible. I will be going live on Instagram every day starting Monday, March 23rd at 3 pm until Friday March 27th to directly give answers to any of your questions or hear any concerns you might have. Our website is constantly being updated and you are more than welcome to email our office at email@example.com or myself firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reach out if you need help. We must unite more than ever.
Diana Vicente Santiago