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Visiting campus on a sunny Sunday and thoughts about returning

Last week I needed to be in my office on Wednesday and it was the first time I'd been on campus since the "stay at home" orders began. Of course, I was out of the habit of "going to work" and arrived in boots, swapped to shoes, and then left at the end of the day in my shoes. My adult kids tease me about finally becoming an absent minded professor. They also blame it on keeping track of so many things at once, #deanbrain. This necessitated a follow up trip to campus to rescue my boots. (And yes, I remembered to fill out the U of G Covid-19 screening form.)

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Statement of Solidarity with Our Black Students

I am writing as Dean, and also as a white, educated woman, a settler in Canada. There are times when the privilege I possess goes undetected by me. There are also times when it does not and events compel a distressing and crucial awareness of the role race plays in one’s experience when dealing with the police, with the university community, and with strangers online. I am speaking out in response to recent high-profile instances of anti-Black racism that we have seen at the University of Guelph locally and, more broadly, to the wider climate. I recognize that I am responding as a person who does not know from firsthand experience the level of pain and fear that are inflicted by such incidents. 

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We made it! And seven other positive things…

We made it! And seven other positive things…

Congratulations! We made it to the end of May, still smiling! Grades are in and we finished the academic year well. Summer classes are now underway. And I’m still carrying on as Dean in my living-room. Here at the College of Arts Dean’s office at the University of Guelph we’re working in a very uncertain environment as the world unfolds and as things are changing quickly, it seems. But we are making plans (and that’s the main thing we do in academic leadership and administration) even though making plans is difficult. I feel like the context changes so much from the beginning of each week to the end of the week. I keep putting off writing on the blog until there is something definite to say.

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Dean’s Log, Stardate 3/19/2020

I'm blogging regularly these days now that we are all #WorkingFromHome, or #WFH. When I first posted I was working at the dining room table. Since then there have been some family discussions and some moving of furniture. I've acquired a makeshift desk in our back room. Check out the photo below. I was heartened to see that even our Prime Minister is making do in a home office, even though his is nicer than mine.

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#StayAtHome but #StayInTouch

It's not like us to be cancelling events. Normally, we're the College at Guelph where all the fun things happen. It feels decidedly out of character this past week cancelling all the exciting events we've organized in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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