A Note of Pride, Hope, and Caution
September 21, 2020
Dear LIM students, faculty and staff,
Amazing as it is to believe, our second week of classes in the Fall 2020 semester is officially behind us. Though I’m not a superstitious person by nature, I almost hesitate to say that our community came through with flying colors…We submitted our negative COVID test results, completed daily health assessments, wore masks when on campus, stayed 6 feet apart from one another, learned to smile with our eyes, adapted to virtual classrooms, and got to know our classmates and colleagues through interactive digital work. Though I am bursting with pride, I don’t want to do or say anything that might take our eyes off the prize. And that prize is the safe and productive Fall 2020 semester that we have all worked so hard to reach.
The LIM community has always been one that embodies self-discipline, perseverance, and determination when it comes to achieving its goals. The safety and well-being of not only our campus community, but our city and our loved ones is critically important. Together, we have committed to a shared responsibility to do our part. No matter how challenging. No matter how uncomfortable. No matter what.
Many other colleges and universities across the country have been grappling with the impact that COVID has had on its reopening plans. Some have offered a hybrid model but been forced to pivot to fully virtual due to a rise in cases among its community members. Others were never able to meet in a hybrid fashion at all. We have been among the fortunate who have taken their shared responsibility seriously, and I am truly hopeful that we will be able to continue on the path we have started.
However, I caution all of us, myself included, not to get too complacent or lulled into a false sense that the COVID situation is behind us. Sadly, it isn’t, as the headlines each day remind us. Though we have demonstrated that we are capable of each doing our part, we also must be vigilant because new hurdles will continue to present themselves in the weeks and months ahead. The LIM Community can and must continue to work together; to notice and compliment one another for doing the right things and to creatively find ways to safely enjoy each other’s company. All while still being mindful of the protocols that have been carefully put in place to protect us. We are a community of optimistic, hopeful, and diligent individuals who share a common purpose and I have confidence that we will succeed together.
Thank you for your commitment. May you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.
Elizabeth S. Marcuse