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How We're Working Through the Pandemic

As we head into the Spring 2021 semester, it is important to recognize all of the incredible work that students, faculty, staff, and administration have done to keep RWU open, functional, and safe while we navigate life with COVID-19. To everyone on and off campus who played a role in last semester's success, Thank you!

At the CPC (Community Partnerships Center) our main goal is to pair classes on campus with organizations in the community that need help on different projects that relate to course work. This gives the students great experience in their field of study while also supporting the community. As you may expect, this program revolves around students being in contact with community members. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a lot of these projects were put on hold, which made the CPC temporarily re-evaluate our role on campus. We took on new tasks including promoting the CPC through on-campus campaigns, and we found great ways to be involved with community partners in low to no contact ways.

The CPC work-study students spent a lot of time last semester interviewing professors who have done projects with us in the past, putting giveaways together to engage with students on campus

to increase awareness of the CPC. Students also worked closely with Mount Hope High School in Bristol. Work-study students, Toby, Emma, Madeline, and Averi spent lots of time filming their mens and womens soccer games and even creating marketing materials for their fundraisers. Our Design and Research team members, Joseph, Haley, and Jack worked closely with the Bristol Police Department as well as setting up a couple of other projects (stay tuned for more information on those).

While the fall semester here at RWU wasn’t the typical CPC experience, a lot of excellent work was done to keep the CPC connected within the campus and the community. We look forward to getting back to our normal interactions in the community, but for now, the CPC is sticking with its commitment to helping the community in any ways possible while keeping the RWU students and the community safe. We hope to use what we learned last semester to keep moving forward in a healthy and safe way.

See you soon, Hawks!

By: Averi Preston

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