(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
7/7/2020 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Post-Docs,
Another week and another assault on our students by the outside world. I am very sorry that so many of our students -- nearly 7,000 across both undergraduate and graduate--feel so unwelcomed by our country. Please know, we at UCI want you here, value your contributions to our learning community, and will do everything we can to ensure you can continue to make progress on your degrees, complete your research and education, and remain a valued part of our anteater community. I understand that some of you were frustrated by our lack of information yesterday. Trust me, we were just as frustrated!
We will have more detailed plans and information out soon, with the acknowledgment that unfortunately, the government regulations keep changing. I do want to assure you though that our goal--which I am very confident we will meet--is to ensure that every student on this campus who wants to study in the United States will have at least one in-person course in which to enroll, which is the primary requirement of the new nonimmigrant student visa ruling. For those of you who are not taking formal instruction any longer, these courses can include dissertation research, independent study, and other research related endeavours.
We remain committed to our other principles, which means that we are working as fast we can to develop plans for hybrid, “flipped,” and dual delivery classrooms and coursework now. We know you are frustrated. We know you are scared. We need some time to do this work though. So, for now, please don’t assume WebSOC is correct. More classes will be offered in person than are currently listed as such. We have seen an outpouring of faculty support, with faculty offering to teach in-person who are not currently signed up to do so. We are with you!
COVID Cases on Campus
We have gotten a lot of questions about how students, faculty, and staff can know about the current cases on campus. Please note that per policy, each new case is announced to the entire campus. A series of steps are taken when a new case is found, including isolation and tracing. For students in grad and family housing, this includes moving people out of their housing and into another space for isolation. If you have additional questions about that process, please reach out to Housing and/or Student Health.A complete case count for UCI campus employees and students is maintained at www.uci.edu/coronavirus.
REMINDER: Virtual Town Hall For Continuing Graduate Students and Post-Docs
Friday, July 10th | 2 pm - 3 pm PT
By now, you all should have received an email inviting you to a virtual town hall for next Friday, July 10th from 2 pm - 3 pm PT. Vice Chancellor for Research Pramod Khargonekar and I are hosting this event in an effort to answer as many questions and concerns as possible as we plan to at least partially return to campus as well as for any post-docs and students who have already returned to campus-based research activities and have questions. ALL continuing graduate students and post-docs who are conducting research are encouraged to attend. Please click here to register and fill out this short form to ask any questions you may have ahead of time. You will have the opportunity ask questions in the session as well.
REMINDER: Graduate Support Group Dates For Summer 2020
Wednesday, July 8th | 3 pm - 4 pm PT
Wednesday, July 22nd | 3 pm - 4 pm PT
Graduate Division Counselors Phong Luong (email@example.com) and Elizabeth Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org) will continue to hold their Graduate Support Group throughout the summer. These drop-in sessions will be held on Wednesday, July 8th from 3 pm - 4 pm PT and Wednesday, July 22nd 3 pm - 4pm PT. These sessions are meant to be a safe space for students to express their frustrations in a safe environment, gain advice from the graduate community about establishing routine, remaining motivated, and strategies for integrating back to campus life, and share their wellness and school-from-home tips with their peers. No registration required, just click here to enter. With everything that is happening, I want to make sure you know that we must address systemic issues so that you don’t experience these challenges, but in the meantime, some additional support to you directly can help. Counseling is not a replacement for change but an augmentation of it.
Dean’s Office Hours
As always, come see us in Office Hours. I or someone from my Graduate Division staff will be here to answer questions, listen to you vent, or just chat. See the upcoming schedule below.
Upcoming Dean’s Virtual Office Hours: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
- Wednesday, July 8th 12:00pm – 12:30pm
- Thursday, July 9th 9:00am – 9:30am
- Friday, July 10th 4:00pm – 4:30pm
- Monday July 13th 11:00am-11:30am
- Tuesday July 14th 9:00am – 9:30am
- Wednesday July 15th 4:00pm – 4:30pm
- Thursday July 16th 9:00am – 9:30am
- Friday July 17th 4:00pm – 4:30pm
“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a dark time in so many ways. I wish I could protect all of our students and post-docs from the pain that you are feeling right now. We are at a point of reckoning in America, reckoning with the racism, nativism, and anti-intellectualism that has existed for some time but has grown in recent years. Fiat Lux, let there be light, is the motto of the University of California. I am confident that the light that defines our community, including all of you, will lead us out of this darkness and into that dawn. In the meantime, thank you for your hard work, your community and generosity of spirit, and most of all your patience and trust.
And so I want to end on some good news. The UC has selected Michael Drake, former Chancellor of UCI, as its new president, marking an historic milestone. Dr. Drake led UCI through the turbulent times of our last recession and is the first Black UC President. I am confident he will lead us through these turbulent times. Every one of us in Graduate Division, as well as your faculty, your peers, the staff who work with you, and the entire UC system is here with you. We can get through this together.
Fiat Lux indeed!
On behalf of all of Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division