From Kevin’s Desk: Keeping Our Campus and Our Colleagues Safe (7/17/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

As the campus continues to plan for a public-health informed fall semester, President Schlissel recently announced a new face covering policy. All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when on campus (indoors and outdoors) with just a few exceptions. I encourage you to read the full policy here. Wearing a face covering is a simple action each of us can take to reduce the spread of the virus and protect each other. Whether you are on campus or working remotely, thank you for doing your part to follow public health guidelines and keep everyone in our community safe.

Following the university town hall that was hosted by Chief Diversity Officer Rob Sellers last month in response to the killing of George Floyd and other racially-motivated violence, the Shared Services Center DEI task force hosted multiple debrief conversations for their staff to help foster constructive dialog. The virtual conversations provided an opportunity for staff to learn and grow by listening to each other and exploring different experiences. You can read more about these important efforts on our B&F website.  

I will be out on vacation for the next couple of weeks to spend time with my family. Vacations will certainly look different this year, but I hope each of you will take some time off this summer to rest and recharge. Getting away with loved ones or taking a break to care for your mental and emotional wellbeing is always important, but is especially critical during these challenging times. As I’ve said before, in cars and in life, brakes (and breaks!) really do make you go faster. You will hear from me again the first week in August.   

Thanks for everything you do to keep yourselves and your colleagues healthy.

With much appreciation and gratitude,