Community Support for Faculty & Instructors  

From: Learning and Teaching <>
Date: Friday, December 15, 2023 at 5:23 PM
To: All Faculty <>, 
Subject: Community Support for Faculty & Instructors

Dear colleagues,

We are writing in response to the recent death of Jonathan Rodriguez and the hospitalization of two students as a result of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in their student apartment. This tragedy impacts us all as a community.  Students will experience strong emotions such as anger and grief as well as anxiety about their own safety. Many students will turn to you, their trusted educators, for help and support.

We want you to know that we are here for you.  We are developing a resource guide and planning time for us to gather in the Learning and Teaching Commons when we return in January. Details will be posted on the Learning and Teaching Commons website and shared by email over the next two weeks.

In the meantime, please be aware the following resources are available to you: 

We invite you to send resource offers and requests to Don’t hesitate to connect with any of us individually if we can support you at this moment.  

John Caraher, Academic Dean,
Cynthia Kennedy, First-Year Faculty Fellow,
JuliA Metzker, Director for the Washington Center,
Jaime O’Connor, Assistant Director for the Washington Center,  
Julie Russo, Faculty, Learning and Teaching Commons Faculty Scholar,  


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Evergreen’s Learning & Teaching Commons promotes a generative culture of interdisciplinary teaching and learning that is student-centered, equity-minded, inquiry-oriented, and committed to access and excellence. We aim to promote better classroom experiences that lead to increased student learning and retention. The Commons is conceived as an institutional space where faculty can cultivate practices and develop tools that will give all students the chance to excel and to meet the Six Expectations of an Evergreen graduate. 

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