As ACC continues to monitor the changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership team gathered for a live Campus Conversation with the Chancellor to provide an update on how the college is adapting.
"I've been in higher education administration for 40 years, (and) I've never seen such a convergence of storms that faced our college, state, nation, and community," said Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC chancellor.
Dr. Rhodes shared a perspective on the ripple effect of the pandemic. The initial health crisis led to an economic crisis due to job losses. Within weeks, the region also faced a social/emotional crisis due to isolation periods.
"This has been a very dynamic and fluid environment that we've been in for the last year with so many unknowns hitting us, but what I have witnessed in the Riverbat family is patience. I've witnessed flexibility. I've witnessed resilience, and I've witnessed grace. The Riverbat family has come together not only for the students but for each other," said Dr. Rhodes. "As Chancellor, I couldn't be more proud of the response of the faculty and of the staff and of our students."
Faculty and staff also joined the discussion to share their experiences and perspectives adapting through COVID-19 including what it is like for those who have returned to campus. Participants included:
Visit the Campus Conversations webpage to watch the full conversation. To follow updates on the college's response to COVID-19, visit austincc.edu/coronavirus.