I hope this email finds you well and healthy! I know things have changed quite a bit since our Black Male Retreat, but one thing has not changed: YOU ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE!!! Maintaining your mental health, your focus, and your discipline will be essential for the remainder of the semester. Don’t slip into Summer mentality too soon! You still have the second half of this semester left.
With the transition to online classes and no physical presence on campus, we are still here to connect with you, support you, and assist you through this transition. With that said, I have a few things I want to inform you about:
1. You can reach any of the Sweatt Staff/ Faculty through email, while some of us will have “office hours” online where we will be available. Please see below:
2. We are looking at continuing PowerHours online. Mondays from 5 pm – 6 pm we are looking to connect with you virtually. If we move forward with this, we will begin March 30th. More information to come.
3. Please fill out this survey to let us know how we can support you through this Spring 2020 semester.
4. In regards to resources, please look through the rest of this newsletter.
Remember, you are not in this alone!
You can learn about many resources in this letter from Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, including about wifi access and emergency housing (with more details below). Texas One Stop is maintaining an FAQ.
Students who need computer equipment, reliable internet access for online classes, or have other needs should complete the Student Emergency Fund application, and share specific information about their needs.
I. TUTORING & WRITING SUPPORT
LCAE will continue to offer tutoring and other academic supports. Tutoring sessions will be conducted virtually for the rest of the semester. We have access to technology that allows you and your tutor to communicate and collaborate as if you were face-to-face, working on a whiteboard. Go here for more information about LCAE tutoring and academic support, including how to schedule an appointment.
II. ZOOM LICENSES & IT SUPPORT
UT has purchased a campus-wide license for Zoom that has been integrated with EIDs, Canvas, and existing Zoom licenses. You can create your Zoom account here. This site includes links for downloading Zoom, access to training videos, and contact email for technical support.
III.FOOD SERVICES IN YOUR AREA
Many local area schools are providing free meals and nonperishable food items to families with K-12 and college students. Please check with your local area school districts for more information.