Amid uncertainty and fear are times when characters are tested. These last several weeks have made many fearful, anxious and angry, among a slew of other emotions. No matter how you might feel during this time, spreading racism is not the answer.
Looking forward, the university is anticipating significant changes coming in fall 2020. The opening of the new residence halls and the Iversen Center for Faith, the adoption of the campus-wide sustainability plan, and a focus on emergency preparedness all create new opportunities for Auxiliary Services to assess current operations and adjust where warranted.
As you know, St. Thomas is closely monitoring the global situation regarding COVID-19 infections caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, and we will continue to share frequent updates to help you stay informed of the university’s response.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor developments related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, the safety and well-being of our community remains our top priority.
After careful deliberation, and out of an abundance of caution, the university has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the Saint John Vianney/Catholic Studies Rome Semester and to close our Bernardi Campus.
Third-year law student Michelle Gonzalez has been awarded a postgraduate fellowship with Immigration Justice Corps (IJC). She is one of just 26 law students from across the country to be chosen by IJC as a Justice Fellow in 2020.
News of a $20 million scholarship gift and the announcement that St. Thomas will adopt a test-optional policy were two major announcements Feb. 20 as President Julie Sullivan delivered the 2020 State of the University address.
Dr. Yohuru Williams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), was recently named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and affiliated faculty in the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights at St. John’s University New York. Williams will step down from St. Thomas at the end of the academic year and will begin his new post on July 1, 2020.
During Lent, we are called to give up by fasting and abstaining practices. We are also called to give ourselves to others entering in solidarity with those suffering in the world, such as participating in the Rice Bowl program here at St. Thomas.
The University of St. Thomas School of Law has announced it is launching a campaign to grow its post-graduate fellowship program, providing expanded opportunities for recent graduates to serve the poor. The fellowship program, which began in 2014, will also be newly named the Archbishop Ireland Justice Fellows in honor of John Ireland, the founder of the University of St. Thomas.