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Sunday March 22, 2020 19:53:00
"Jennifer J. Raab" <president@hunter.cuny.edu>
Current Faculty
Thank You
 

Dear Hunter College faculty,

As we head into week two of remote instruction, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge all you have done to make the incredible feat of ensuring our students can continue to learn while protecting the health and safety of our community.  On behalf of myself, the Provost, and the whole Hunter leadership team, thank you.  You have gone above and beyond, and we are incredibly grateful.  

We know the transition has not been easy, and is complicated by the grave reality of the situation we all face in these difficult times.  We know that many of you are also parents and are simultaneously juggling homeschool or caring for your children while teaching our students.  We know that many of you have family and friends who fall into a high-risk category and might be preoccupied with concern.  We know that many of you are adjusting to your new environments, perhaps sharing computers and spending more time in your apartment than you’d prefer.  And yet, as an institution we have managed to move more than 3,000 courses online and ensure our operational functions are fully supported remotely.  This is an extraordinary accomplishment, and while there will continue to be blips and challenges along the way, we cannot lose sight of what we have done together so far and why we’re doing it.

It has been heartening to hear about your successes, however small they might seem, including faculty enticing students to class with their dog’s tricks on Blackboard Collaborate, the warm smiles exchanged (from a distance!) at the long-term laptop pick up, and the advisor sharing a laugh with a student by video chat. Please continue sharing these moments so we can all remember the reason we’re doing this important and hard work.

While we will continue to share information as we have it, including the update you received earlier today and the regular updates on Hunter’s Coronavirus website, we wanted to take a moment to ensure you all know how much we appreciate you.  Thank you again for everything.  I am incredibly proud to have all of you at Hunter on a regular basis, and in times like these I could not imagine a better group of people to have in the Hunter family.

With deep appreciation,
Jennifer

 

 

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