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    Help us connect with our virtual students through the English Department Outreach Project!

    The English Department faculty and staff value our students highly, and we have missed the opportunity to connect with them during the pandemic. Our campaign is designed to help show our students that we care about them and miss sharing our normal in-person events.

    Since March 2020, faculty and students in English have had to adapt to virtual instruction, and it has been a challenging transition. Students accustomed to lively conversations before and after classes, study sessions in the Arts Building’s Collaborative Space, and engaging events like Writer’s Voice have had to adjust to Zoom meetings and online discussion boards. The English Department’s faculty and staff miss the daily interactions we had pre-COVID, and many of our students report that they feel academically and socially isolated.  

    Our Outreach Project aims to address these concerns through four related projects that we hope will help us reconnect to our students.  

    1. Graduation Swag Packages. English faculty and students always look forward to the university commencement ceremony, when we can together celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. The 50 students graduating in English in Spring 2021 will not have the opportunity for an in-person commencement, but the department would like to honor them with a physical care package that helps commemorate their accomplishment. We were able to do this last year through generous donations (see pictures), and would like to be able to do so again. 
    1. Summer Orientation Support. Attending Summer Orientation has been shown to greatly increase student success in their first year at Chico State, and also has a high correlation with students staying on throughout their undergraduate education. With the exception of Summer 2020 (when fees were waived), the Orientation program has cost students $95, and parents/guests another $95. The English Department would like to support our new students by offering to cover some or all of the Orientation fees to students in need. 
    1. New Student Welcome Packages. While the campus anticipates a much more robust in-person Fall 2021 semester, it’s likely that social distancing and other pandemic-related safety measures will remain in place. This will make connecting with the anticipated 60+ new English majors more challenging than pre-COVID, so we plan to provide them with Welcome Packages featuring campus essentials and goodies.  
    1. English Connections Events. A study conducted by a group of English faculty recommended implementing more events for English Majors, especially those new to campus. These will include guest lectures, game nights, writing workshops, and poetry readings, and — of course — food will play an important role in these events that mix socializing with aspects of the English discipline.  

    The challenges of the pandemic have helped us realize how much we value our departmental community, and we need your help to maintain these connections in the current situation. 

    Donation Milestones: 

    • $5 will cover shipping for a Graduation Swag or New Student Welcome package 
    • $20 will pay for a student’s graduation or welcome package contents  
    • $50 will provide delicious snacks for an English Connection event  
    • $95 will support a new student’s attendance at Summer Orientation 


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