Wherever this unprecedented time finds you, there are tons of resources still available to help you sustain yourself during this difficult time.
A message from Morgen Snowadzky, Assistant Director for Student Organization Development to all student organizations and leaders:
I write to you with a heavy heart as I look at the beginnings of spring bloom on a Drilleld that won't be full of students anytime soon and a Squires without the hustle and bustle of meetings, rehearsals and events that characterize spring semester. We are operating in unprecedented times, and I want you to know it's okay to sit with feelings of loss, disappointment, frustration and loneliness. I am here with you, figuring out what a new normal can look like that still prioritizes community building, personal growth, and the well-being of all. The changes we're making today are valuable to our collective ability to thrive as a Hokie community in the future and to protect the health of the most vulnerable.
I recognize all of the efforts you've put in this year to plan events and initiatives that were sure to create incredible opportunities for students. I have witnessed the time you've spent starting new organizations, planning recruitment strategies, improving meetings for your members and investing deeply in each other. I know that not being able to follow through on plans and connect in person will be challenging for you, both personally and for your organization.
There is possibility in uncertainty, but there is also anxiety and sadness. We can hold both at the same time, together. I invite you to reach out as the semester goes one—to each other and to myself. The communities you have built can be sources of positive support and provide opportunities to keep doing excellent work in line with your mission. We are working to develop resources that will support your virtual operations and updating existing plans to continue offering opportunities to grow as organizations and as leaders. Keep an eye on your email and check our FAQ page for these updates. Please don't hesitate to take advantage of these times to connect and continue investing in what matters to you.
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
In an effort to protect the health and safety of the Virginia Tech community, the Women’s Center will provide advocacy and support services remotely through Zoom and by telephone. The Women’s Center staff are working remotely and will not be able to provide in-person services at this time.
Expressive writing - writing about significant trauma in our lives over a relatively brief period – can lead to increased physical health and emotional well-being. The Pandemic Project has the potential to assist each of us in coping with this unparalleled challenge to health that has been disruptive and traumatic to all. Expressive writing can be a way in which we exercise some protective coping and possible healing.