The events of these past two weeks are almost impossible to talk about. Not because they are new -- anti-Black racism is not new; urban uprisings are not new. They are difficult to talk about precisely because they are so old, so tired. As James Baldwin reminded us in 1972: “Nothing has altered in America, except that white people have simply raised the price, and raised it so high that fewer and fewer black people will be willing to pay it.”
We need to understand the contours of the past, but we cannot stay there. When asked about the future, Baldwin responded, “I'm optimistic about the future, but not about the future of this civilization. I'm optimistic about the civilization which will replace this one.” His words, as always, are still vitally relevant. We need to be attuned to what’s next, to prepare for it and to bring it into being. This may be the most important role we can play as educators--to cheer for our students as they envision the future, to give them the skills and the strength to welcome it. 
As we finish this quarter and look to summer and fall, our students need us more than ever. What can we do to support them? Julie Russo recently offered some advice for extending grace to students as we wrap this challenging quarter. Additionally, new temporary policy adjustments to ensure equitable access to learning and limits to academic standing and the required leave of absence policy were recently announced. 
All of us have done the unthinkable this quarter, while running on empty in terms of our time and energy (especially those of you caring for loved ones). Our work simply cannot continue at the same pace--though many of our staff colleagues will be plowing ahead with few breaks throughout the coming months. Summer institute registrations have far exceeded our expectations, and we’re thrilled that we’ll be continuing to learn with so many of you in those workshops. Connecting with each other while increasing our collective skill set is one crucial way to get ready for the future we want. At the same time, we honor those of you who are taking a break from Evergreen work for a little while. 
What can we do to prepare ourselves to renew our enthusiasm for our work? We are eager to chew on that question with you, and are here to support you, however you answer it. 
-- Elizabeth & JuliA 

Celebratory Traditions and New Beginnings

New Academic Directions for Evergreen

Over the past several years, we’ve been involved in a change process. So much of this change has been thrust upon us. This week’s faculty vote approving the New Academic Directions conceptual plan (AKA Big Bets) marks our collective will to continue to face a changing future with intent.  This plan carries forward the past into a future where we continue to live into our mission as an innovative public liberal arts college that emphasizes collaborative, interdisciplinary learning across significant differences. The vision for this plan (quoted below) offers us a step towards our renewal as a learning organization and as a community. There is still work to do. Many of us will gather in summer institutes to bring life to this vision. Before we do, let's take a pause to mark this important moment as a community.
Our students work in robust learning communities on pressing and complex problems , and they leave Evergreen as adaptable, creative, resilient change agents. Evergreen’s 50th year is the right moment to boldly rethink how we engage student passions, honor our diverse community, and offer a student-centered interdisciplinary experience that values rich, creative learning in exciting new directions.


We may not be able to gather on Red Square or the Tacoma campus but we can still celebrate the journey our students have made to graduation. Graduation is a ritual that marks growth and passage. It is a moment for our students and our community to reflect on has been and dream about what could be - and particularly poignant at this moment. We invite you to participate in this collective celebration through several virtual ceremonies. 

June 10

June 11

June 12

June 13

  • Tacoma Campus
  • Native Pathways

The Evergreen State College Virtual Gallery Series

Launching Tuesday, June 9th

Including an Artist Lecture given by students featured in the show “Hindsight 2020: A Display of Senior Capstone Works”. 5:00-6:30pm (PDT).  Visit the Evergreen Gallery website Tuesday for links to the Galleries and the live webinar event.  

Teaching Resources

Academic Statement

The final academic statement deadline for 2020 graduates has been extended to 2020.  The writing center is offering additional hours in June to support students.

Writing Center Hours, June 9 -  June 30th

  • Mon-Tues: 10 am-6 pm
  • Weds-Thurs: 10 am - 6 pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm

Keep Teaching Canvas Course

We encourage all faculty and instructional staff to enroll in the Keep Teaching Canvas course. The Canvas course offers a robust selection of remote teaching resources.

Did you miss an important campus announcement?

We’ve cataloged the communications relevant to teaching and learning on the important updates, policies and recommendations module in the Keep Teaching canvas course. 

Visit for more advice, resources, and tools.

Student Resources

The Writing Center

The Writing Center continues to offer our students high-quality, tailored writing support. Please direct your students to their website for updated drop-in hours for Academic Statement support.

The Geoduck Student Union COVID-19 Support Group for Students

Students seeking a safe space to talk, be heard, and to be in community with fellow students, are invited to join the Geoduck Student Union's student-centered/student-run weekly virtual space. Information on joining the meetings can be found on the Geoduck Student Union website.

Thurston County Food Bank Pop Ups

The next Food Bank Pop Up will be held on Tuesday, June 16. Students will be eMailed updates on the Food Bank Pop Ups. A schedule is available here.
Additional resources for supporting students are available in the Keep Teaching and Keep Learning Canvas courses. Please encourage your students to review the Keep Learning website at :  
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