Weekly COVID-19 Community Updates

September 9, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

I continue to be amazed with our shared Mindful of Each Other ethos and core values in action that continue to be our compass, including as we lean on each other to illuminate not only areas for reflection, lessons learned, adaptability, opportunities for collaborative innovation, and points of pride to celebrate.

I wish you could have walked through the Mounds to feel the great joy of a thriving student life experience over the past two weeks. Below are just a few highlights:

  • With support from Campus Life, many clubs and organizations have safely and successfully launched their organization’s meetings following our Fall 2021 Pitzer Student‐Led Gatherings and Events/Meetings Guidelines.
  • Student Senate’s Club and Organization Fair last night allowed students to explore meaningful campus engagement and community belonging opportunities across 28 participating Pitzer clubs and organizations. 
  • Data from last week’s Job Fair resulted in 183 student participants and 26 offices, marking the highest rate of participation in the recent five year history of the College. This is further supported by collaborative efforts to enhance meaningful outcomes and development based student employment opportunities for our students. We understand the great value student employment can have on student success and access to mentorship.
  • A total of 109 students and 24 offices participated in our Pitzer Student Resource Fair to explore and access resources, services, and community engagement connections.
  • Students are also actively leveraging student services resources including but not limited to, high rates of appointments for academic coaching, career services, academic support services, transportation services, and our beloved health and wellbeing Strive2Thrive program.
  • This weekend’s activities, events and programs can be found on our @pitzerosa or @pzreslife Instagram or @pzreslife Facebook. Or simply review the files here.

We are grateful for ongoing community feedback and our continued monitoring of trends that allow us the opportunity to learn and enhance practices necessary to honor our being Mindful of Each Other in action. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Regular testing is encouraged for staff and faculty especially anyone who sees many people during their workday. Contact Nurse River ([email protected]) for confidential consultative support or schedule an appointment.
  • Thank you to our students for your commitment to weekly routine testing. We continue to support the option for students to test more than once a week at Student Health Services with no barriers or appointments required for access. Please note Student Health Services notified us today that Pomona’s Walker Hall weekend testing is closed this weekend and SHS is working to secure staffing necessary to continue with Saturday weekend testing only. Testing will be resume on Monday and students needing weekend COVID-19 related support should contact Pitzer’s 24/7 On-call Dean via Campus Safety at 909-607-2000.
  • As flu season is upon us, thank you also to our students for obtaining the flu vaccine at Student Health Services flu clinics next week. As always the Office of Student Affairs is here to support you.
  • While most students are honoring our large gathering guidelines, we urge the few unregistered gatherings between Skandera and West Hall, and the few students attending large events at Claremont McKenna that we have received reports about, to please honor these expectations. We trust and have developed supportive pathways most students are accessing to engage safely in community and appreciate your partnership for the greater good of our community. Only with continued confidence in ongoing student cooperation will we be able to continue with our plans to safely resume 5C events and programs after September 21. Should these behaviors become a pattern after preventative and proactive reminders, in adherence with our Mindful of Each Other Community Agreement, Code of Student Conduct action will be taken as necessary and may result in a re-evaluation of student engagement privileges.  
  • Please remember to mask in indoor spaces including study halls, kitchens, laundry rooms, Pitzer gym and pool area (when not swimming).
  • The Pitzer gym and pool continue to remain open to the Pitzer community and Pomona students only. 
  • Thank you to our Dining Services and Facilities teams for immediately implementing no student charges for to-go boxes/cups, and other student-centered enhancements that will be announced early next week.
  • Thanks to Campus Safety for their new partnership in providing enhanced transportation support to students impacted by Covid-19 and injuries needing rides to and from SHS from their residence hall, and safety escort support. 

Below please find summary student quarantine and modified quarantine status data between Saturday, September 4 – Friday, September 10:

Students Placed in Travel Quarantine: 0

Students Released from Travel Quarantine: 0

Students Placed in Quarantine: 0

Students Released from Quarantine: 2

Students Placed in Modified Quarantine: 6

Students Released from Modified Quarantine: 8

As a reminder, our on-call staff is available 24/7 to assist with any community support concerns (909-607-2000) and our COVID-19 Concern Reporting Form is also available. Information and updates are also available on our Pathway Forward website, including our COVID-19 Dashboard.

As always, I have an open door for anyone who would like to meet with me for any feedback or ideas regarding how we can enhance our Mindful of Each Other practices in community action.

Sincerely,

Sandy

Sandra Vasquez, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs