Dear Administration: Consider all backgrounds Reply

The 1851 Chronicle Editorial Board

Dear administration,

As surrounding Boston-area schools begin to close due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Lasell community has started to talk. In just a short walk to class, you overhear an abundance of conversations regarding this issue. “Are we closing?” “Will we be able to come back after spring break?” “How will I finish my classes online?” While we do worry for our health and the others’ around us, we also worry what the remainder of the semester will look like. We hope to have a different outcome than the rest. 

Consider the international student from China who can’t travel home because they worry they won’t be let back in America.

Consider the student who calls campus home because they don’t have a supportive or safe home life, or a place to go “home” to in the first place.

Consider the student who doesn’t have access to the internet to complete their spring semester courses.

Consider the fashion design and production majors who require Donahue’s facilities, STEM students who need access to labs, and all students who need Adobe programs to complete their required coursework. 

Consider the student who uses Lasell’s Counseling Center for its free mental health resources. 

Consider the student who uses the Academic Achievement Center to succeed in classes. 

Consider the students who rely on their work-study jobs or prescriptions from the health and counseling centers. 

Consider the student whose only access to affordable healthcare is through student insurance.

Consider students in the middle of Boston-based internships and off-campus jobs.

Consider the student who is solely reliant on their meal plan.

How will they be supported? Consider how closing campus will affect the student body collectively and individually. To many, Lasell is more than a school, it’s home and a stable environment. 

We write this for the students who need to be heard. These are just a few of many students whose semesters will be negatively impacted if we follow the lead of Harvard, Babson, MIT, Suffolk, etc. 

On top of the worry around midterms, we worry if these are our last moments on campus of spring 2020. As for the Class of 2020, will their time be cut short? Will they be able to experience torchlight? Graduation? While we are worried for our health and the health of those residing in Lasell Village, we’re also worried what this means for our spring semester. 

We know the administration cares and thinks about students. We wanted to use our voice and student journalism platform to make sure our needs were expressed. 

Sincerely,

The 1851 Chronicle editorial staff

Athey: Honoring diversity and diversifying honors Reply

Mackenzie DineenFeatures Editor

Director of the Honors Program Professor Stephanie Athey and Director of the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion Jesse Tauriac are teaming up. “I think of this collaboration as a pretty natural one,” said Professor Athey, “Honors has always been interested in honoring diversity and in diversifying the honors program.” 

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