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There are 3 comments on Supporting Those Who Support Students

  1. The Dean of Students – and everyone in his office should be attending this as they have seriously missed the boat and turned a deaf ear to all of us who have asked administration to do ANYTHING off Zoom to promote wellbeing since last September.
    Writing President Brown – also has elicited silence.
    When BU refuses to spend the funds or use their own talented researchers and staff to give them ideas, when all is handed now to advisors to figure out and it’s not a team effort, you fail our students. This week alone so many students have felt the pressure, anxiety, isolation on top of midterms – and nothing has been done by BU to improve campus for students and lift morale.
    Parents wonder why. Parents wonder why the Dean and his office are so uncomfortable reaching OUT instead of sitting in their offices waiting for students to come to them. You have a systemic problem – you have terriers hurting and needing spirits lifted to focus on academics. Mental fitness matters. Why are advisors and faculty responsible for handling it all? Where are the campus wide campaigns to reach OUT OFF ZOOM to students to prevent and decrease isolation, anxiety, depression, stress during this pandemic?

  2. Bottom line – BU finally has recognized faculty and advisers are overwhelmed and not taking care of themselves and deserve support too. We also shared this with BU months ago because the amazing faculty and advisors at BU have too much on their plates already and are only human.

    Doesn’t that also mean that there are countless terriers also needing support and not just due to external issues happening in their families as indicated here? Maybe also because terriers are feeling the pandemic and restrictions stressful and depressing and need BU admin to invest in reaching out campus wide to them OFF ZOOM safely? How many suicide attempts mean they have a problem? How many terriers leaving campus? What will convince BU Admin, the provost, Dean Elmore, President Brown to ACT and implement a campus wide campaign of safe OFF ZOOM activities and mental health support for all terriers?

  3. There isn’t one of us who hasn’t felt overwhelmed during this time. I empathize with faculty and advisors and hope they will feel their burdens lifted and spirits renewed for Fall 2021. Now imagine how it feels to our young adult students who are in dire need of leadership, connection and acknowledgement from BU Administration right now.

    I am as equally proud of my terrier and her friends for their resilience, optimism and maturity this year while on campus, as I am disappointed in the highly-educated and experienced adults who–I believe–have largely left students swinging in the breeze to navigate the emotional experience of it all. Yes, physical safety is of paramount concern. But no less so than the psychological, social and spiritual well-being of these smart and complex kids who so desperately need to feel connected to one another.

    Leaders: For the sake of all overwhelmed BU students and faculty…please LEAD!

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