March 18, 2020
Thank you to the many alumni who have voiced their support for the on-campus community as we navigate the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19. I have been truly touched by the care and generosity I have seen among the Reed community over these last weeks.
As many of you know, the college made the decision to move classes online for the duration of the semester, and the majority of our students are returning home. It saddens me that we had to make this unprecedented decision, and I share the shock and disappointment of our students. I particularly feel for our seniors, who will not spend their final months of college together; that they will miss out on unique and important rites of passage at Reed, like thesis parade, is heartbreaking. Yet, the community is meeting these times with astounding ingenuity, adaptability, and resilience. Who would expect anything less from Reedies?
The college is committed to supporting students who are experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On that note, we have received many questions about how to help current students as they navigate changes on campus. If you’re searching for ways to help, please consider a gift of any size to the Student Emergency Fund. The Student Emergency Fund supports students experiencing a wide range of unanticipated needs, including medical expenses, food and supplies, emergency travel, and housing security.
I know you share my appreciation of all the contributions of Reedies who are working to make the world a better place. The story that was published by Reed Magazine today, Eight Reedies Helping Us All Get Through the Coronavirus Pandemic, gave me tremendous hope. As is often said around here, the world needs more Reedies.
Thank you again to all of you who have expressed care and concern for our students and faculty. We frequently sign emails and tag social media with the phrase “Love Reed.” Today, this heartfelt phrase reminds me of our deep connections and the many opportunities we have to care for one another. I wish you all the best in the days and weeks ahead.
With hope and with best wishes for your health,