President Daniele C. Struppa shared the following announcement today, Friday, May 15, regarding plans for the fall 2020 semester.
Our planning for fall is in full swing. The fourteen task forces are facilitating discussions across the campus, and the list of individuals providing advice and expertise is growing every day. The strength of this strategy comes in how comprehensive it is, but also how we are using the vast intellectual resources within our own Chapman Family to solve incredible challenges. We are also leveraging external expertise to ensure we are operating within the most up-to-date national, state and local guidance.
I’d also like to share an article brought to my attention by a member of our Board of Trustees that I found particularly inspiring. The New Yorker published a story by Atul Gawande highlighting strategies for how industries can return to work. Among those strategies is the need for a culture of caring to be built around the return to the workplace, or campus in our case. Gawande makes the point that we must not only be concerned with our own safety, but equally concerned about the safety of everyone around us as we follow the guidelines established for the health and safety of the campus and the broader community. In this area, I am confident that Chapman will thrive.