(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
6/4/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
Susie Dent, a great follow on Twitter if you want to learn random words (and she wrote some good books too), taught me the word “spuddle” this week. From the 17th century, it means “to be extremely busy while achieving absolutely nothing.” That pretty well describes some of my days lately. I am not sure if it’s because it’s week 10 in the quarter (yes, yes semester students, we know you are already enjoying summer) or that it’s week 80 bajillion in the pandemic, or if it's just the amount of meetings, emails, and STUFF, but I have been feeling it this week. So much work, so little accomplished. Of course, it could be that this week’s chaos is the result of jamming 5 days of meetings and email into 4 days of working.
I am sharing mostly so that if you are feeling that way too you know you are not alone. I also have hope and confidence that this time will pass, that there will be moments of deep thought and great accomplishment ahead. I want you to feel that too!
And so on to some wonderful accomplishments. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to our Dynamic Womxn of UCI Awards graduate student recipients:
Academic Achievement Award
Janielle Vidal, PhD candidate in Developmental Cell and Biology
Sophia Metcalf, MFA in Acting
Outstanding Social Justice Activist Award
Elissa Cobian, MA candidate in Public Policy
Dynamic Womxn of the Year
Herschell Valenova Dayag, PhD candidate in Public Health
You can watch the video of the awards ceremony and nominations here: https://womxnshub.uci.edu/events/DWA/DWA.php
Rising Anti-Semitism in America
If you have not had a chance yet, please read Vice Chancellor Haynes’s powerful message sent out this week:
International Student Expectations for Fall
As a reminder, international students are expected to show up to campus for Fall instruction, but in extreme cases (e.g. travel restrictions or visa issues) we may be able to provide alternate instruction. These will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. If your situation constitutes an extreme case please email email@example.com.
On a more positive note, we have been speaking with UCOP, and we are likely able to hire students who live abroad for various positions in some capacity through December 31, 2021. We are not at liberty to provide full details yet, but we will be sending you more information on this within the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience and are working hard to finalize this as soon as possible.
Rescission of Temporary Amendments to University guidelines on Establishing Residency
As we’ve been stating in previous weeks, we plan to hold in person classes this year, and any student who can make it to campus should be here. Alternative instruction can be made if you absolutely can not be here (please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request). With that being said, Provost Brown has rescinded his temporary amendment regarding residency. Students now must reside in California to establish residency. This is effective immediately beginning Fall quarter 2021. I know this will not be welcome news for many of you, but it is unfortunately a decision that has been made systemwide.
The UC Residency Policy and Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) currently provide that students must be physically present within California for a year prior to the Residency Determination Date (RDD) and that absences of six weeks or more in a one-year period disqualify a student from receiving in-state status. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guidelines were temporarily amended to allow students entering during the 2020-21 academic year to use remote instruction to stand in for physical presence. Students who studied remotely during 2020-21 may now qualify for residency in 2021-22 during terms in which they reside in California. Consistent with the amendment, these students will be asked to provide legal indicia demonstrating their intent to stay in California as soon as is practicable. Also consistent with the Temporary Amendment, all new students commencing enrollment in 2021-22 will be held to the standards and deadlines in the Guidelines.
Academics for Black Survival and Wellness
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.
The Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication Call for Applications: Graduate Assistant to the Directors
The Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication is accepting applications for a UCI grad student Assistant to the Directors for the academic year, plus summer for 2021-2022. The application deadline is June 11th by 5 pm.
For more info, email email@example.com!
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.
This is a 50%, Step 6 position and is eligible for full fee remission (including NRST if that applies to you).
Click here to apply and obtain more information on the position: http://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4836888/share_preview
Office Hours (all times Pacific, all sessions half an hour)
Monday, June 7: 11AM, with Dir. of Academic Initiatives Celina Mojica: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday, June 8: Noon, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday, June 9: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday, June 10: Noon, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday, June 11: Noon, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Monday, June 14: 11:30AM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Tuesday, June 15: 10AM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Wednesday, June 16: 1PM, with Assoc Dean Rodrigo Lazo: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Thursday, June 17: Noon, with Assoc Dean Jaymi Smith: https://uci.zoom.us/j/4520706918
Friday, June 18: 2PM, with me: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
This past week was Memorial Day in the United States, a chance to mourn those who have been lost and hopefully to get a little downtime from your work. This week also launched Pride Month, a time to celebrate how far we have come and recognize how much work we still have to do. Both in times of remembrance and times of celebration, I am aware of how ever-changing life is. I am always saddened by the sheer number of times I have to answer you all (as I did for a group of students just today) with “I don’t know” or “Time will tell” or “Please be patient, things may change.” I wish I knew the future. I wish I could promise you how things will work out. Alas, as Gilda Radner once said “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.”
And so, in this last week of the quarter capping off a previously unthinkable year, congratulations on rolling with it. You have built resiliency where we wish you hadn’t had to, but hopefully it will serve you well in the future. Have a wonderful weekend, and keep rolling with it.
On behalf of the Graduate Division
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division