Greetings continuing and new members of Class of 2022

Dear members of the Class of 2022!

I hope you are managing your health and wellness with a steady dose of gentle self-care while supporting  others. Big welcome! to the newest cohorts of students transferring into the Classes of 2022 or 2023! Please keep a watch for future opportunities to meet, greet, and support each other.

I was encouraged by President Roth’s recent announcement that the university will return to a model of residential campus living and learning on August 31, 2020 and I appreciate the level of leniency you have (and I hope will continue) to exercise to me, as your class dean and to others associated with the university as we do our best to support your academic and personal health, development, and goals.

Now, I know that most folks remain uncertain about their Fall plans to return to physical campus. Please rest assure that President Roth’s recent request to submit an intention form is non-binding and should be approached as a way for us to estimate (roughly) the level of residential and instructional spaces will must reserve to align with CT state and local COVID-19 mitigation mandates. So, if you have not already submitted the form, please do so now with the assurance that no formal action will be taken unless you follow up with submission of a Leave of Absence form.

Thank you! to the countless members of the Class of 2022 who are taking gentle care of yourselves, family/friends, and each other, while also doing the difficult and intentional work to self-educate and/or advocate for elimination of racism and bigotry, viruses like COVID-19, that harms us all.

I miss you all and invite you to stop-by for an open group gathering today, Thursday, June 18 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST using:;

As always, please feel free to sign up using my calendar link for an individual meeting.

Sending positive vibes and encouragement your way for continued good health and safety,

Dean Thornton