This global crisis is unlike anything we have faced in our time. While we are privileged to have a graduate-level education, some of us are facing very real and immediate threats like COVID-19 infection of ourselves and loved ones, racism, unemployment, loss of health insurance and other benefits, and challenges of rent, mortgages, student loans, childcare, homeschooling, isolation, or other hardships unseen. It is exhausting to navigate competing notions of what we “should” be doing to figure out what we each need to be doing.
And—we have arrived at this moment together. We have an education and set of skills forged to battle climate change, not an unrelated fight to this one. Let us look to what we’re learning and believe in: thinking in systems, standing up for social justice, institutionalizing sustainability, and, most importantly, courageously reimagining our world for the better. We need resilient public health systems. We need to be anti-racist. We need to protect at-risk populations. We need to equitably redistribute resources that have been hoarded by benefactors of privilege. And we need to cultivate brave spaces in which people feel safe enough to ask for help, name their feelings, and simply rest. This moment is unexpected, but it is not insurmountable if we trust in ourselves and in each other.
As Student Reps, we are already inspired by how this community has organized responses. From sending messages to check-in with each other to sharing informative articles, posting cathartic memes, to a full-on student-led task force on COVID Mutual Aid, your compassion is overwhelming and greatly appreciated. We also thank faculty and staff for their flexibility, time, and commitment to maintaining our educational experience.
We are so thankful for you and this community during these unprecedented times. Presidio has always been a special place that attracts and empowers all who are committed to making a difference. Never has this been clearer than right now. You all give us comfort for today and hope for tomorrow.
Cristina Airado, C29, MBA, Part-Time, New Orleans [Temp]
Dana Golden, C29, MBA, Part-Time, Seattle
Audrey Kriva, C31, MBA, Full-Time, Seattle
Andrew Aggabao, C31, Dual, Part-Time, Oakland
Liz McCoy, C31, Dual, Part-Time, Roseville