We will use this page to collect and publish important information to help you navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
3/26 Update: Dean Matsuda and the Crisis Management Team have decided not to change graduate courses to P/F status.
Immediate help and support
- If you are self-isolating in Houston and can’t get groceries/are otherwise unable to access resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org (or contact us on Twitter or via Facebook) and we will find a way to get you what you need.
- We have made a spreadsheet indicating who has identified themselves as (a) still in Houston, (b) not among the most vulnerable, and (c) having access to transportation. If you fit this bill and are willing to help, email email@example.com and let us know if you’re comfortable being on this spreadsheet. We may contact you for help with bringing resources to other graduate students.
- Please join our HGSA Slack channel, where we can best provide you community support. It’s a communication platform that graduate students in the Humanities can use to organize assistance, working groups, support networks, etc. It has a website and a messaging app.
- Scott Pett (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the OISS has volunteered to be a point of contact for International Students and postdocs.
Events and Communication
- April Town Hall will be held over Zoom on Monday, April 6, at 5:30. This will be a grad-students-only space for us to share resources, find ways to best support each other, and feel a sense of community. Check email for link to join.
- Here is the archive of all official COVID-related communication from the university.
- Here is Meredith’s summary of the 3/25 Town Hall with Deans Canning and Kripal.
- If you haven’t yet, please fill out this tech needs survey to help the Dean’s office get a better sense of what your technological needs will be during this time of transition.
- If you are teaching but have not gotten the updates sent to faculty and staff, let Lydia know at email@example.com.
- Zoom guides published by Rice:
- Fondren is no longer able to mail books or scan articles as of 3/24/2020. Follow Fondren updates here.
- Fondren outlines available services and resources here.