The mental health of college students has been significantly impacted as one year of remote learning approaches. A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that 71% of respondents have experienced new stress or anxiety during the pandemic, and students at the College have also felt the burden of staying isolated from their campus community.
The College held a virtual panel on Feb. 16, which would be the first of a three-part series on the insurrection at the Capitol. Moderated by President Foster, four professors met to offer insight on the events of Jan. 6 and to make sense of this moment in American history.
Strategist, writer and activist Brea Baker led a Q&A event hosted by PRISM on Thursday, Feb. 11. The focus of the event was to hold a conversation on how spaces like PRISM, the College’s gender and sexuality alliance, can improve their allyship with the Black community.
Political activist Marc Lamont Hill visited the College virtually on Feb. 10 to speak to students about Black history and liberation in modern America. Hill’s visit was organized by the College’s Black Student Union.
As of Feb. 13, there have been 28 confirmed on-campus cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of the spring semester. These students have the option to either isolate at home or stay in an isolation room on campus. Those isolating on campus are having mixed experiences.
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, students at the College have been volunteering at health departments and community-based organizations, most recently at the College’s testing site located in Decker Hall. The staff, which includes 21 student interns and EMTs, are among those helping run the school’s weekly testing program.
When President Foster announced the hybrid return to campus for the spring on Oct. 29, she described “two truisms: that we are near-certain to have cases of Covid-19 on campus in spring, and that we can minimize the number, spread, and implications of these cases.”
The College celebrated the start of Black History month on Feb. 5 with the annual Pan-African flag raising. Students were invited to attend this event virtually as safety measures are an aspect of all campus activities.