Message from Melissa Shivers, Senior Vice President for Student Life - Saturday, May 30

May 30, 2020

Dear Ohio State Family: Please, take care and be safe.

If you read no further, I hope you saw those six words and know that wherever you are in the world, you are a valued member of our community.

I use the word ‘please’ because you are individuals with independent decision-making abilities, and you don’t need a directive from me.

I say ‘take care’ because over the past few months, and for a time that has no end date, we’ve needed to take extra precautions to help keep ourselves and those around us as healthy as possible. I continue wishing you well.

And I end with ‘be safe’ because I know the world feels upside down right now. And I unequivocally think so, too. However you need to process, consider and ponder the killing of George Floyd, and however you choose to make a difference and add to the dialog, I implore you to do so in a way that keeps your safety, and the safety of those around you, utmost in your mind. Whether you are in Columbus, Ohio, or in places around the state, nation or globe, you are a part of our community, and we care – I care – about your well-being. The City of Columbus has instituted a 10 p.m. curfew on Saturday, May 30, and Governor DeWine has enlisted the assistance of the National Guard to help keep us safe. Your voice matters - and so does your safety.

So – please, take care and be safe. We continue to be here for you.

Melissa S. Shivers, PhD
Senior Vice President for Student Life