(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
5/21/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
In case you missed it, the Chancellor held a town hall this week with several other campus leaders. Please be sure to check it out at the recorded link: https://uci.edu/coronavirus/town-hall/20210519.php
Some key takeaways from the town hall for postdocs and graduate students:
- Staff housing is being addressed, with more information to come later this year.
- Student housing is open; students should access the housing portal for details.
- Information about the Accellion data breach is available on the UC webpage.
- Student convocation will be in person.
- Student employees are welcome to return if that’s what their unit needs, but they must still follow protocols.
- Facilities, air handling, HVAC systems, and air filters have all been prepared for safe reentry, and information is available on the Environmental Health & Safety website.
- Parking will reestablish over the summer and address the hybrid workforce.
- There is no word yet on whether flu vaccinations will again be required.
COVID Specific Information:
Conditions continue to improve in Orange County, California, and the US more broadly. We anticipate state and county guidance to continue to loosen restrictions. In the meantime, reminders for information resources are below:
- The Bren Events Center now is open to provide vaccinations for all UCI employees, students, and their immediate families. You can use this link to book your appointment https://vaccine.ucihealth.org/family
- Covid Dashboard: https://ochca.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/index.html#/cc4859c8c522496b9f21c451de2fedae
- Current campus protocols can be found on the Housing Website and the UCI Forward website.
Graduate Division is Hiring a GSR (Graduate Student Researcher)
Graduate Division is looking for a current graduate student to fill a position that will aid greatly in developing and finalizing a broad spectrum of projects for prospective and current graduate students. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in a professional setting, work with various professional staff, and contribute to major campus initiatives that will have a broad and visible impact.
Under the supervision of the Graduate Division Admissions and Recruitment Director and in consultation with the Graduate Division Communications team, the Communications/Marketing GSR will be responsible for playing a key role in creating and finalizing departmental needs including graphic design, digital marketing, and CRM campaigns.
Click here for more information on the position: http://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4836888/share_preview
Join Graduate Division for Marvel Trivia Night on May 27th
It has been a challenging year for the Anteater community, yet through it all we have shown that resilience is the ultimate superpower! Come out and share your stories of resilience, learn about Graduate Division/other campus resources, and participate in our first Marvel Trivia Night hosted by Graduate Division’s own Marvel nerds Craig Farmer and Phong Luong. There will be prizes for first, second, and third place!
Are you graduating soon? Please remember to check your emails for two things:
- a link to register for stage moments by May 21st. Please look for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a Qualtrics link (it was sent around May 11th) and if you can’t find it, please email email@example.com for assistance.
- a link to submit your stage clips photo and personal message by June 2nd. The email from firstname.lastname@example.org regarding stage clips submissions was sent around May 14th, and be sure submit your photo and personal message by June 2nd. If you can’t find an email, reach out to email@example.com.
- If housing received your guaranteed housing application by the May 1, 2021 deadline, you can expect to receive a housing offer soon.
- Students with summer program start dates will receive their offers beginning in early June.
- Law students will receive offers by July 1, 2021 and all remaining guaranteed housing offers will be sent by July 31st.
- Once you receive your offer you will have five days to review it, and if you decide to accept it, to sign and return your completed housing agreement.
COVID Travel Impacts:
- International Students who are unable to come to campus for fall quarter due to COVID or visa-related challenges should contact their housing community to decline their offer.
- Housing will work with you and the International Center to verify when you anticipate arriving in the United States.
- You will retain your guarantee.
- Once your arrival date is set, a housing offer will be sent as soon as a space is identified. Once you move in your housing guarantee will be intact.
More information about our Graduate Housing Guarantee is available at 2021 Grad Guarantee Housing Program FAQ. If you have specific questions about your housing placement, please wait until you receive your housing offer, consult the FAQ’s, and then contact the community making the offer. If you have questions regarding these updates or other issues in Graduate and Family Housing, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juneteenth to July 3, 2021
Registration opens May 24th
Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (A4BL) is a personal and professional development initiative for Non-Black academics to honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability and collective action. A4BL also is a space for healing and wellness for Black people. Our website is filled with healing resources for Black folx and information about anti-racist training and accountability for Non-Black folx.
Some Resources for those of you with families
Infant and Child First Aid and CPR 1 hour class
Contact: Trac Lam, Operations & Safety Director, at email@example.com
Parenting Education Resources
Some EAP on-demand recorded webinars :http://www.wellness.uci.edu/programs/eapwebinars.html
Upcoming and live family and parenting webinars from Bright Horizons: https://families.uci.edu/backupcare/
Learning at Home Resources: https://clients.brighthorizons.com/UCI#Resource-Room
Graduate Medical Education Wellness Guide: https://www.meded.uci.edu/gme/docs/UCI_GME_Wellness_Resource_Guide.pdf
UCI Graduate Student Offer from UC Irvine Athletics
Log in with your student account at ucirvinesports.com to redeem the below offers.
Jr. Anteater Club Membership: Includes t-shirt, mask pencil case, and mini bag
$20 ($30 retail value)
Summer Camp Discounts
Enjoy 25% off any UC Irvine Athletics Sports Camp for Summer 2021
UCI Lactation Support Program
UCI is committed to promoting a family-friendly work and learning environment for breastfeeding mothers to help achieve success at work, school, and personal lives. In an effort to continue supporting UCI families during this unique and unprecedented period of time, UCI recently launched families.uci.edu, a central webpage to connect UCI families to a variety of resources. The UCI Lactation Support Program webpage includes an interactive map of all UCI lactation rooms, accessibility and contact information for all 16 UCI Campus rooms, and additional lactation and support resources. For more information, visit families.uci.edu/lactation.
Office Hours (all times Pacific, all sessions half an hour)
Monday, May 24: 5PM, with Dir. of Academic Initiatives Celina Mojica : https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday, May 25: 11AM with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday, May 26: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday, May 27: Noon, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday, May 28: 2PM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Monday May 31: Holiday, observance of Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 1: Noon with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday, June 2: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday, June 3: Noon, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday, June 4: 9AM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
It is hard to believe how this weekly, now semi-weekly, message has evolved over the last year. I was reflecting on the communications we have been doing while speaking with a friend who happens to also be married to one of our PhD students here at UCI. He was mentioning the regularity of my messaging, and I was remembering the sheer chaos of this time last year. At one point, even my daily messages did not seem to come fast enough. By the time we had spell checked and formatted, information had changed. I am incredibly grateful to feel that pace slowing to a degree while still taking with me the lessons of the year, most notably that you all want, need, and deserve to be as informed as possible.
George Bernard Shaw once said that “the biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” And wow, don’t I feel that this year. We are all buried, BURIED, in email. My current inbox unread count is 6851. My sister looked at my screen recently (we are finally both vaccinated and so have seen one another in person again) and told me it gave her anxiety just knowing I had that much going on in my inbox. How do we reach one another? How do we truly communicate? I honestly am not sure.
What I do know is this: I will keep trying to talk with you, and I sincerely hope you will keep trying to talk with me.
I had office hours this week with someone in another country who has been studying online all year and is excited to come to Irvine. I had an email exchange with a student who was super frustrated with UCI, and I couldn’t help, and I had another few with students who I could help. I had meetings with all the grad advisors and associate deans over the last two weeks and could thank them for all the work they have done to help you (and to help me and to help grad division) this year. All of this talking, and I am not sure if we have truly communicated. I do know we must all keep trying.
And so, please roll into the weekend with communication in mind. Talk with your loved ones, your friends, and your classmates. Next week, talk with your advisors, your peers, your bosses, and your employees. And listen. Listen to them all. And all of us here at Grad Division, we will do the same. For next week, I can hope for communication, because with communication comes peace and safety and the construction of new knowledge, beautiful art, and all that we hold dear.
On behalf of Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division