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Working together on COVID-19 working groups

May 1, 2020

This piece represents the opinion of the author.

To the Editor:

Today marks the 51st day since the College announced the decision to move online. It goes without saying that the moment in which we now find ourselves is unprecedented.

Last month, President Rose announced the creation of three working groups: the Budget Review Group to tackle budgetary changes for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Return to Campus Group to consider the physical logistics of reopening campus and the Continuity in Teaching and Learning Group to develop remote learning models should the College decide to continue with online instruction in the fall. Each group has an important role in planning for our uncertain future and will have until mid-to-late June to meet, conduct research and coordinate with members of the community to come up with suggestions for how best to operate next semester.

One essential element of our planning process is active engagement with Bowdoin students, faculty and community members. It is crucial that the voices of our community are heard. As the student members of these working groups, please consider us resources throughout this process. We ask that you share your concerns, thoughts and questions with us so that we may represent you as best we can.

Please reach out to us personally, by email or on social media, or to our specific groups through these feedback forms: Budget Review, Return to Campus, Teaching and Learning.

Bowdoin College prides itself on its vast networks of community engagement. As we plan for whatever may lie ahead, such engagement is needed now more than ever.

Sincerely,

Tori Clarke ’20, member of the Return to Campus Group

Will Hausmann ’22, member of the Budget Review Group

Jacob Kassama ’22, member of the Return to Campus Group

Joshua Lin ’22, member of the Continuity in Teaching and Learning Group

Uriel López-Serrano ’20, member of the Continuity in Teaching and Learning Group

Caitlin Loi ’20, member of the Budget Review Group

Caroline Poole ’22, member of the Continuity in Teaching and Learning Group

Sean Xie ’21, member of the Return to Campus Group

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