A message from Interim Dean Carol Stabile 1/7/21

Dear Clark Honors College Students,

Welcome back to campus! I hope your break was healthy and restful and that you are ready for new courses, fresh challenges, and the complexities of another term spent on Zoom, Teams, and the other places we have learned to convene over the past ten months.

We are excited to share the following new ideas and opportunities with you this term:

  • We are kicking off a new Mentored Research Program and a new Internship Funding Programming this month. Both are meant to help students benefit from experiential learning opportunities.
  • With the support of CHC alumna, Judy Bicknell and her husband Neil, we are featuring a screening and Q&A session about their film, JFK – The Last Speech, on Wednesday January 27 from 3:00 – 4:30..
  • Our book club (made up of CHC alums, students, faculty, and staff) kicks off again on January 11, 2021 to finish our discussion of Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste and we are already seeking input for our next book
  • By mid-February, we will launch a new series of writing circles for CHC students completing their theses in winter and spring 2021.

Please keep a look out for these and other opportunities in our weekly newsletter.

I know this term continues to present us all with continued stresses, difficulties, and anxieties, especially in light of the recent, terrible events in Washington, DC. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, if you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, or need help dealing with life’s complexities, know that you don't need to handle them on your own—there's help and support on campus. It’s a sign of strength to ask for help!

If you need general resources on coping with stress or want to talk with another student who has been in the same place as you, visit the Duck Nest (located in the EMU on the ground floor) and get help from one of the specially trained Peer Wellness Advocates. Find out more at health.uoregon.edu/ducknest. University Counseling Services (UCS) has a team of dedicated staff members to support you with your concerns, many of whom can provide identity-based support. All clinical services are free and confidential. Find out more at counseling.uoregon.edu or by calling 541-346-3227 (anytime UCS is closed, the After-Hours Support and Crisis Line is available by calling this same number).

On behalf of the entire Clark Honors College, welcome back.  Please wear masks, physically distance, and take care of yourselves.