Dear Students,

As we reach the end of our fall semester, I want to share a few updates about spring semester planning—and celebrate our collective successes and experiences in this most unusual year.

As Winter Commencement student speaker Pia Park MPA/MAITED ’20 said on Saturday, “If this year has taught us anything, it’s taught us that plans are supposed to be crushed, adapted, and remolded.” This year has brought many challenges to the way we work and learn, and to how we think about our relationships with one another and the world around us. Your ability not only to adapt but to thrive during a time of multiple crises and upheaval bodes well for your future careers. The future I know you are going to help shape offers me hope for a more sustainable and just global society.

There is reason for us to be optimistic in the new year. Vaccines are being administered and there is a renewed sense of seriousness in the response to the latest waves of infections. Still, we all must remain vigilant and continue to make adjustments to how we live and learn. You are probably aware of the latest mandates from the state of California and more restrictive stay-at-home orders for Monterey County that will last until at least January 11. These new restrictions, unfortunately, will delay some of our plans for a gradual reopening of campus, but we will continue to prepare our facilities so we are ready as soon as the situation permits.

With these current conditions and restrictions in mind, we regret that we will not be able to offer in-person courses on our Monterey campus in spring. We are, however, preparing our campus for one-on-one faculty and student meetings, small group work sessions, and other informal gatherings as the public health situation allows. We hope to offer in-person classes in all degree programs for the fall 2021 semester, and are planning accordingly. We will share our plans for the fall semester in March.



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