The following message regarding the Thanksgiving holiday has been sent to the Drexel community:
As you begin to plan to spend Thanksgiving with your friends and loved ones, we thank you all for your contributions and your commitment to keeping our university strong, innovative, and united with a common goal.
As a sign of gratitude, we are pleased to announce that the The university will be closed on Wednesday November 24. That extra day off will give everyone an early start for the Thanksgiving break and – for many – maybe a little more time to beat the holiday traffic.
(If you are a professional staff member taking over an area that requires you to work during this vacation period, please contact your supervisor about managing your schedule. Please note that courses at the College of Medicine and Kline School of Law will take place Professional staff at these schools should consult with their supervisors regarding the Wednesday schedule.)
Thanksgiving also calls us to slow down and think about what matters most in our lives, and take stock of the good things and blessings that, given the restrictions and losses we all experienced in the past year, we are perhaps less likely to take it for granted. . For our part, we are extremely grateful to our essential workers who kept our university running smoothly through the darker days and months of the pandemic; to all our professors and professionals who have adapted to continually serve our teaching and research enterprise; and to all who have gone beyond the normal call of duty to do the important and necessary work of making Drexel an anti-racist institution.
As we give thanks for the many people who bless and enrich our lives, we also need to remember to take care of ourselves. The return to some semblance of normal routines did not come without significant stress and tension. Between now and the Thanksgiving break, as well as when we return, we encourage all of you to check out the self-care and wellness resources available to each member of our community. In addition, you can participate in Drexel Human Resources Ten to ten healthy activity programs or ask for help Employee Assistance Program. And we strongly urge anyone who has not received a flu shot to do so as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we hope everyone will join us in vigorously practicing gratitude not only on Thanksgiving but also throughout the year. Research studies have shown that feeling and expressing gratitude can build resilience, lift morale, and improve well-being.
We wish you a relaxing, happy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday – and good health.
Helen Y. Bowman
Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer
Paul E. Jensen
Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost and University Professor