Ocean Currents 3/16/21
News & Views
We are now in finals week and soon spring break will be upon us, a chance to relax and recharge. The days are getting longer and hope is arriving in the form of vaccines, sunshine, and cherry blossoms. If you haven't been to campus lately, now is the time for a virtual walk across campus to see the blossoming trees. It is very impressive indeed.
Pandemic, Vaccines, and Our School
As the number of vaccinated persons contnues to grow, so does our hope to return to some new version of normal life. For now, the UW is virtual all spring (with limited exceptions) and the rules remain in place, even after you have been vaccinated. So, if you are coming to UW and you are vaccinated, you still need to wear a mask (unless alone in your office or lab space) and you need to be cognizant that less than 15% of us have been fullly vaccinated.
Thank you to our amazing student community for showing up to the DEI open meeting last week. It is clear that open meetings like this are crucial for continuing the work to make our School a more inclusive and welcoming environment. We appreciate the work that you are all doing.
We specifically want to thank Erik Fredrickson and Sarah Ragen for following up on some of the issues brought up during the meeting. Erik has put together a communication proposal for us to review and has offered to continue to be involved in efforts to improve the communication structure in the School. Sarah Ragen has taken the lead on creating a DEI scorecard to track the recommendations made by our graduate students, undergraduates, and postdocs.
As we adjust to a difficult new normal, how to help ourselves and others can be unclear. Here’s a resource provided by the UW that may be of help: Working during COVID-19/Caring for self and family/Self care.