Thank You to Our Extraordinary Staff

Office of the President

April 14, 2020

Dear Graduate Center Staff,

More than ever we must make time to reach out to each other. COVID-19 is challenging all of us. We are facing problems of a scale and intensity that are new. Together, we mourn with the members of our community who have lost loved ones and colleagues. We wish a swift recovery to those in our community who are fighting this disease.

As this pandemic continues, we are all learning. In the disruption and uncertainty, I want to tell you how deeply grateful I am to all of you for the ways you have stepped up — working long hours, adjusting to working from home and in different working conditions, using your ingenuity to help and support each other and other New Yorkers, and keeping The Graduate Center moving forward.

Some of you, designated as essential employees, are regularly coming into our building. We all owe our thanks to our public safety team, our facilities staff, and employees in our mail room and select campus offices. We have been working with team leaders to modify schedules to accommodate the needs of those employees. Our focus is on keeping everyone safe and making certain that working conditions are as safe as possible.

For those of you working from home, I know it can be frustrating at times. Members of our emergency planning team are focused on procuring and distributing the technology that many of you still need.

We continue to add resources to our coronavirus website and we invite you to keep up with the latest guidance and news. Not surprisingly, many of you are finding ways to help out. Take a look at one recent story about staff and faculty who are collaborating to contribute critical personal protective equipment to our health care providers and first responders.

Each year The Graduate Center celebrates the exceptional work of our employees with our employee recognition awards ceremony and we intend to continue this year. In the coming weeks, we will be in touch with further information on those plans.

Right now, I want to honor each of you for your work at such a difficult time. I am heartened by the way our community has united and how you have encouraged each other, shown patience with each other, and connected with each other to continue the excellence of The Graduate Center.

With sincere thanks,

James Muyskens
Interim President

Submitted on: APR 14, 2020

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