COVID-19 Update from the Office of Equity and Inclusion

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We write to encourage our campus community to be thoughtful and supportive of each other as we face the challenges presented by the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  As many of you know from the recent message from Geoff Swift, the college is actively monitoring, assessing, planning for, and responding to the practical and logistical realities of this public health situation. 

At the same time, we are cognizant of the potential impact of this evolving situation on the overall well-being of our community members. While individuals may be experiencing some fear or anxiety regarding COVID-19, we ask that each of us remain mindful of our interactions with each other. 

The emergence of this virus and the subsequent travel bans have had a significant impact on many of our students, faculty, staff, and wider community. Some of our students and colleagues have family and friends directly affected by the outbreak. While the college is providing formal support to these individuals, we also encourage each of you to provide support and understanding to each other. As we move around the spaces we frequent at the college, let us be kind, generous, inclusive, supportive, and intentional in our equity and inclusion practices. We are one community, strengthened by each individual. 

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing difficulty and are in need of assistance, we have a number of resources available to offer support. We encourage anyone who has questions, concerns, or feels they could benefit from support to reach out to staff members in one of the following areas:

In community, 

Noelle Chaddock, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Gwen Lexow, Director of Title IX & Civil Rights Compliance