October 26, 2020 Support for WSU Tri-Cities students – Message from Vice Chancellor Meiers
Dear WSU Tri-Cities students,
The faculty and staff at WSU Tri-Cities are keenly aware that students across the country and the world are experiencing many uncertainties and challenges. We primarily wish to underscore our commitment to helping you achieve your degree, equity, and to encourage self-care, balance, meaningful learning and care for others.
With midterms wrapped up, we want to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Even though many support services might look different than what you expected, they are still available to help you succeed academically and personally. Remember these things while working through the semester:
- Self-care. Self-care is of high importance, especially in times of crisis. We recognize that many students are economically struggling, facing losses and hardships of countless kinds, and are merely seeking to get by. We encourage all students to be gentle with themselves during this time, and as Tri-Cities Coug, take advantage of Campus Recreation, Cougar Cupboard Food Bank, Mental Health and Counseling, and many more services available.
- Academic work. Your academic engagement and work during this time matter to us, but given the circumstances of many families, we recognize that you may face obstacles to academic work. Reach out to Academic Advising, tutoring, and writing services, in addition to faculty office hours for assistance.
- Your safety and others. This pandemic has created a vast array of needs, and we fully commit to protecting our collective health and well-being. The Connected Coug newsletter is sent out every week to your WSU email address and is an excellent resource to help you contribute to the recovery of our communities. If you are concerned about a peer, you may submit a Cougar Cares and a member of the support services team will reach out to them.
- Civic participation. We value the responsibility to prepare students to be informed and active citizens and understand the importance of your voice in all local, state, and national elections. To that end, the campus and your student government association (ASWSUTC) are committed to promoting voter registration activities, dialogue, and participation. Don’t forget to VOTE and follow ASWSUTC on social media for more information about the campus voting center.
- Extracurricular activities.We also understand that this pandemic has impacted activities, and there are some challenges in conducting events that you were expecting virtually or at a distance. Potential internship opportunities, jobs, and other types of meaningful engagement are accessible to you via the campus career services and the Student Engagement and Leadership.
If I can ever be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or schedule an appointment with someone from the Student Affairs team.
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