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Statement from President Mantella: COVID-19 Impacting India

May 05, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great concern and sadness that I write to acknowledge and bring attention to the devastating and dire circumstances India faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to conservative estimates, over 3,600 people a day are dying and healthcare essentials are not available to most.

Grand Valley is home to many Indian and Indian American students, faculty, and staff. Our colleagues and students are not only facing personal and local stress and fatigue in the United States, but also managing the impact on families and loss abroad. Our thoughts and support are with all those impacted.

This must be another moment of reflection for our community. Not only must we recognize the privileges and opportunities we have with vaccination and healthcare access, but we must also be mindful of the exponential impact of the pandemic on our diverse communities. Learn more about how you can do your part at www.gvsu.edu/lakerstogether.

As always, we are committed to each member of our community and their well-being. The University Counseling Center offers support for students and theHuman Resources Office provides a number of resources for employees. The Asian Faculty and Staff Association is also a resource for community support.

Please continue to care for one another in these trying circumstances. We will get through this together.


Philomena V. Mantella, President

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