Feb. 22, 2021
While Houstonians truly are resilient, I know we could all use a break from the unprecedented stressors of the last year. As educators and support staff, we are conditioned to be strong for others. While we tell our students and our children that it’s OK to not feel OK, it can be harder to take our own advice. Please give yourselves and each other grace as we recover from the winter storm and continue to face the ongoing pandemic and confront racial injustices.
As President Khator said in her email Sunday, we will continue this semester with flexibility, support and compassion for our colleagues, for our students and for our community.
I know many of you have heard from concerned students, and your assistance and empathy are making a difference. As one undergraduate student shared, “I really appreciate everything the COE does to help and support their students, really makes us one big family.”
- Farish Hall: The building is open, with functioning restrooms, heat and internet access. If you need a refuge, you are welcome. Please wear a mask and socially distance. (Please note that there is an unrelated leak contained in CITE and room 232 and repairs are underway.)
- HR/Payroll: You should not have to do anything regarding payroll and emergency leave days. HR has handled what was needed. Please reach out to your supervisor or department business administrator if you have a question.
- Work concerns: Please let your supervisor know if you have any concerns about your work responsibilities. We understand you may not have internet or hot water and may be dealing with home repairs for weeks to come.
For more than 40 years, I have made Houston and UH home. The diversity, resilience and kindness of the people keep me here. We will get through this storm together as family.
Onward with grace,
Dean Robert McPherson
UH College of Education