I hope you all are having a good summer and are well. I know that there are many challenging things we are all facing right now and we have been thinking of you and wishing you well during this time.
Last week President Stephens updated the community through the Letter to the Community on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. You may be wondering how the information provided last week impacts your student groups. Please know, you all will be able to function as student groups. However, it may look and feel different from what you are used to, and will require a reimagining. I know you all will continue to innovate on how you create spaces for each other and how you meet the goals of your organization. We have seen how organizations stepped in and provided for their community in the spring and even now in the summer through virtual spaces. We want to create spaces for organizations to share how they have been able to do this and hear from each other.
More information about changes to the re-recognition process will be forthcoming and you will start to see these changes within Embark. This includes a reduction in the amount of online training, changed dates for Constitution uploads, and more. A reminder that we will work with your organization, if you need an extension or are concerned about the process please let us know.
The Office of Student Involvement is here to help.
We are creating specialized group training in order to support you all in continuing to build community for your members. The training will touch topics such as creating successful virtual meetings, managing conflict, executing your groups traditions, developing online events, and much more.
We want to acknowledge that we’ve seen the demand for mandatory diversity training for student groups and are committed to providing this. We will collaborate with Community and Inclusion and Religious and Spiritual Life to think through how best to provide this through an online format as well as potential content and facilitators of that content. More information to come.
We will offer drop-in hours varying in time to honor the various time zones you are all in, to provide space for talking through and planning for your organization’s unique needs and ideas for the coming fall.
We will create cohorts where you can connect with each other virtually and continue conversations and check-in points. These cohorts will have an assigned Student Involvement staff member who will be available for direct support.
We are exploring various platforms to find one that will allow us to host the Involvement Fair virtually.
We will continue to build additional features in Embark and further use that platform as a centralization of resources as well as information and tools that you can use with your student groups.
When we learn more about the financial capacities of your student groups, we will of course update you all. We are currently in conversation with the SGA Treasurer to provide support and develop next steps.
We also want to stress for student groups that are connected to the Cultural Centers, the Unity Center, and the Eliot House, that support will continue from Community and Inclusion and Religious and Spiritual Life and those groups will receive more information soon from those offices.
Even though we will not all be together physically this academic year, please know we are always together in community. We understand how uncertain this all feels. We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy during this time. We look forward to hearing from you and will update you all, once we have more information about how we will move forward. Please email any questions or your thoughts to email@example.com
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