(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
8/24/2020 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Post-Docs,
It is with mixed emotions that I decided to send you an off-schedule email today. I hope that you saw this morning’s announcement of UCI’s Black Thriving Initiative. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this announcement since VC Haynes began working on this effort, along with many others on campus, months ago. His leadership and the investment by the university are both truly to be applauded. And yet, this announcement came at the same time as another tragic police shooting, this time of Jacob Blake, a young father whose children were present. I am sure for many of you, your heart is breaking all over again, and for others you may be numb, and for yet others, you may be angry. I wish I could do more to help you. Please know that as always I am here to listen, as is graduate counselors Phong Luong (firstname.lastname@example.org), Claudia Campos (email@example.com), and many others on campus.
And that brings me to another message I want to share. I have always committed to you that I can’t and won’t always do what you want, but that I will listen. I fell down on that a bit this weekend. I was caught up in trying to correct behavior that I saw as counterproductive to a student getting what they wanted and to the university environment. I didn’t think enough about how that critique might have felt to the student. My sincere thanks for the engagement and for the reading list (I am sure I will have things to post from the good readings for the rest of you as I go through them). I also got another interesting piece of insight through a discussion in my office hours today: I often encourage you all to come and vent or yell at me with your frustrations. I come from a very loud family and background in which “yell” means “complain,” “kvetch,” and “commiserate.” I was told though, that when I encourage you all to yell at me it comes off as confrontational. That’s definitely not my intention! Though, as we all know good intentions are not enough. So, no more encouraging you to yell at me, and I want to apologize to anyone who I might have thrown off or hurt with that direction. Do come and talk though. It is usually easier to hear one another in Zoom than in email, and definitely easier than social media.
Upcoming Opportunities to Talk with Me or My Staff in Office Hours:
- Tuesday, August 25th*: 9:00am – 9:30am
- Wednesday, August 26th: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
- Thursday, August 27th*: 9:00am – 9:30am
- Friday, August 28th: 3:30pm – 4:00pm
- Monday, August 31st: 11:00am – 11:30am
- Tuesday, September 1st: 9:00am – 9:30am
- Wednesday, September 2nd: 3:30pm-4:00pm
- Thursday, September 3rd: 9:00am – 9:30am
- Friday, September 4th: 4:00pm – 4:30pm
*A senior member of GD staff will be there, not me.
Save the Date: Upcoming Town Hall for Graduate Students and Post-Docs
Friday, September 11 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT
As you all probably know by now, Graduate Division has been hosting monthly town halls in an effort to answer your questions and concerns during this unprecedented time. This month’s focus will be on the return to campus and as always please be sure to use this form to ask your questions ahead of time.
WEBINAR: SCRC Panel on COVID-19 Part 2
Tuesday, September 1 | 7 pm PT
Join scientists from the Stem Cell Research Center as they continue the discussion on COVID-19, the status of testing for COVID-19, current studies and trials as well as going back to school, wearing masks and public health. More information will be provided upon registration.
I started this message by admitting the limits of our own abilities to do the right thing sometimes. One of the cornerstones of the academic mission is our ability to learn and grow. You can’t do that without a little humility.
Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. -Simone Weil
There are geniuses amongst you. Of that I have no doubt. So, thank you for taking a journey for a while with UCI, with your programs, with Graduate Division, and with me.
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division