I’ve just finished my first month as the vice president for student life and our mission to support student success is more important than ever. I have been proud of how our Iowa Hawkeye community has come together in this difficult time. As we experience these unprecedented circumstances, we may find ourselves supporting others and also needing support ourselves.
I have spoken with so many students who are experiencing anxiety about the unknown, and grieving for campus experiences they have lost. For our seniors, taking pictures on the Pentacrest in their caps and gowns and walking across the stage at commencement are losses. Our first-year students didn’t get to experience the brilliance of spring on campus and the relief of finishing finals with their friends. These losses are real. As you complete your semester, please remember faculty, staff, and campus resources are here to support you. A few resources of note:
Supplemental Instruction is available virtually.
Recently, the university hosted a virtual panel discussion on coping with COVID-19 that you can view at https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/health-information-everyone.
Student Wellness is providing free, virtual stress consultations, guided meditations, and other well-being support.
I’ve been inspired by stories of Hawkeyes stepping up to help others during this time. If you find yourself wanting to help aren’t sure how, here are two simple, but meaningful, acts:
- Send a thank you video to our health care workers at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Their commitment and dedication is the epitome of the Hawkeye spirit. They are #UIHCStrong.
- May 1 was college decision day. If you know a student who will be coming to Iowa next fall, reach out to them to reassure them that it is great to be a Hawkeye. Our community is strong and we will come through this crisis even stronger, and we want our incoming Hawkeyes to know that they will be welcomed and supported.
I am encouraged by the ingenuity that our Hawkeye community has shown in adapting to these new circumstances, and look forward to welcoming you back to campus for the fall semester, when we can resume some of our favorite traditions and make new Hawkeye memories.
Vice President for Student Life