The VPSL Column | October 11, 2021
Happy Monday, Students!
I hope you enjoyed a restful and fun fall break. As you head back into the classroom for the second half of the semester, I encourage you to continue practicing ways to take good care of yourself and others.
Today is Indigenous People’s Day. Our institution was founded on indigenous land and is named for white colonizers, which makes today especially weighty, and for many, painful. Very early this morning, this pain and anger about the legacy of colonization was expressed in multiple acts of graffiti across all three of our schools. Please be extra attentive today to caring for one another as we grapple with the trauma that can result from systems of power and oppression.
We continue to have some cases of COVID-19 within our LC community, as I am sure you are aware. We are not currently seeing any community transmission, however, and continuing to practice good health mitigation is still the key to keeping transmission low. Here is the latest:
COVID-19 cases: Of the 153 community members tested so far in October, there have been 2 positive on-campus and 5 positive off-campus cases, which equates to a positivity rate of 1.23%. The higher positive rate as compared to September is reflective of the small number of cases we have tested thus far in October.
Remember to continue filling out the SCARF form in the Health Information Portal if you experience any COVID-like symptoms. Thank you for keeping our community healthy and safe.
Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan
Vice President for Student Life
Lewis & Clark College