Wishing you good health and safety
I am reaching out to wish you good health and safety as the world – and our campus – adjusts to a new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I also wish to thank you for the outpouring of support we have received from you during this difficult time.
As you are likely aware, McMaster’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has included switching to virtual classrooms and exams. Most students have left residence and are finishing their school year from home. Spring convocation ceremonies have also been moved to online celebrations, with in-person ceremonies deferred until we can once again safely gather on campus.
These changes were made at an unprecedented speed. Our university leadership, faculty, staff and students have shown themselves to be incredibly nimble under extremely difficult and rapidly changing circumstances. I am inspired by, and applaud those, who have gone above and beyond providing aid to support all of our communities.
Innovation, creativity and determination clearly know no bounds at McMaster. Chancellor Santee Smith captured the university’s resiliency beautifully in her letter to our community:
“Our academic year and plans have radically shifted but the learning carries on. COVID-19 is teaching us to pause and re-focus on our wellbeing. It is full force schooling us about our interconnectivity and interdependence. COVID-19 is demonstrating how our physical, mental, spiritual, and social health are intricately interwoven. It is educating us to be humble to the immensity of the natural world and law, as Nature is our greatest instructor.”
While you are staying at home and maintaining social distance, you are certainly not alone. You are valued members of our university community. As we make lifestyle changes to flatten the curve, let’s also stay connected. I invite you to follow the Faculty of Humanities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. We use our social media to share information on everything from the practical – like connecting students to virtual classrooms and library services – to the inspirational and thought provoking, like talks from our world renowned professors and researchers.
I look forward to when we can once again host you on campus. Until then, please stay home, stay safe and stay connected as we #FlattenTheCurve together.
Dean, Faculty of Humanities