In this week Thursday thoughts (Above), Chancellor May and LeShelle discuss mental health support, with the Chancellor addressing university initiatives and offering LeShelle some local advice. They also discuss Dune against. maid The Lego Christmas Counselor!
To the UC Davis community:
As we come to the end of a very demanding year for all of us, I can look back and feel very proud of what we accomplished together.
While I’ve documented many of these accomplishments in my regular posts over the past year, I’d like to highlight a couple here that illustrate what makes Aggie Pride possible.
In fact, as I write this, we are among many Beginnings To both our current alumni and Class of 2020 graduates who did not celebrate their achievements in person. I would like to thank the many teams of people who worked to make these important celebrations a reality. In all, we have an expected 2,906 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees in person between Thursday and Sunday.
We can also continue to be proud of our pandemic response, as our COVID-19 test positivity rate remains below 1% and our vaccination rate at 98%. Now it’s time for boosters – especially given the advent of the omicron variant, With at least one case now detected in Yolo County. While the UCSD COVID-19 vaccination policy allows for repeat vaccinations, wIts not quite there yet. But We highly recommend Any employee or student who is eligible for a booster dose does so as soon as possible.
Students can schedule free appointments for Pfizer vaccinations and booster shots at the Student Health and Wellness Center through Health Email Gateway.
Staff and community members can find free vaccines at multiple clinic locations in Yolo County, including those in partnership with Healthy Davis Together. More appointments can be found in California Cyclic website.
As Aggies are spread far and wide for the holidays, we’ve posted Asymptomatic testing guidelines for the winter break for students and staff. We expect demand to rise during the week of January 3rd. Make sure to schedule your appointments.
As explained by Brigadier General Mary Crogan November 22 Planning UpdateWe will adjust the requirements for asymptomatic testing, effective January 17th. Fully vaccinated people will be strongly encouraged (although no longer required) to continue the current rhythm of asymptomatic testing – once every 14 days. The test requirement will not change every four days for people with approved vaccine exceptions. for us Campus ready test page Still the best place to get updated information.
We’ve also posted winter break tips for Daily symptom survey – It is required for anyone entering the campus facilities. The survey requirements will remain in effect in the winter season. And Students: Be on the lookout next week with email notifications for quarterly award winners Sweepstakes to respond to the daily symptoms questionnaire – With five iPads and 10 coupons for equal access.
I told you last month that our plan for the Fall Quarter for Education is moving to the Winter Quarter: Men-person instructions is the default, with exceptions due to circumstances related to COVID-19. I would also like to note that we will continue to allow instructors to temporarily teach remotely if they are required to isolate following COVID-19 infection, are required to self-quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 or need to care for a family member due to COVID-19 infection or exposure. . Likewise, teachers will be able to allow their teaching assistants to temporarily perform remote teaching responsibilities in such cases. Find information about Campus Help on our Campus Ready website.
Be an advocate for the University of California
Given our proximity to the state capital, UC Davis affiliates are poised to be an influential supporter of UC Davis and its mission. Through the UC Advocacy Network, or UCAN, “students, faculty, staff, and members of the community drive to achieve the priorities that can help the UC community thrive.” This call includes encouraging federal student financial aid and state investments to help California recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as taking urgent action on climate change.
advocates who Participation For UCAN you will receive updates and email alerts about how to speak and support for the university and UC Davis. Read more about UCAN and how you can participate.
Check in somewhere else
This week, we had the pleasure of hosting the President of the University of California, Michael F. Drake, on a campus visit. He met with faculty, students, and staff to discuss a variety of issues, including the core needs of students and our efforts to bridge the achievement/opportunity gap for first-generation and underrepresented students. President Drake also sat down with me for a special edition of Face to face with counselor May, where he answered questions about his impressions of UC Davis and higher education in general, gave tips for the campus community moving into 2022, and revealed the musical legend he’d like to dine with. Look for that episode next Tuesday!
Also this week, we brought back the Moonlight Breakfast, a Finals Week tradition where we invite students to take a break for some late-night food – and my leadership team and I serve. We had the highest turnout so far – around 2,600 students! That’s a lot of pancakes and breakfast burritos (and vegan boxes)! I was touched by the gratitude of our hardworking students and their request to take selfies with me (I think the number of photos was way higher than the number of pancakes I gave!).
And here’s a shout out to some of the other hard-working students—our student-athletes, who continue to shine in NCAA’s graduation pass rate data. Latest report, out the last The week, UC Davis showed leadership of the Big West Conference (which includes most of our teams) with 92% GSR and second in the Big Sky Conference (in which we compete in football) with 87% GSR, one point off the lead. This success is a testament to our coaches, staff, and programs who work to always emphasize the “student” in the student-athlete.
Finally, I would like to share my video about the holiday with you. While I always enjoy being a part of the creative process, I think this year’s video is especially charming. Lechelle and I enjoyed making it, and We hope you enjoy watching.
While the year 2021 faced many challenges, our team demonstrated tremendous strength, resilience and empathy for each other; I am grateful to be a part of that journey with all of you. Here I wish you a wonderful holiday with your loved ones and a bright new year.