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The College Tour on Diversity with public healh major Ally Gee
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Have you watched FLC on Amazon Prime's The College Tour yet? Here's the section on diversity, featuring public health major Ally Gee, who will be graduating in our Spring 2021 ceremonies!

FLC requires COVID vaccines for Fall 2021

Fort Lewis College, along with many other universities and colleges around the U.S., is requiring students returning in the fall to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. President Tom Stritikus made this announcement last week saying, "requiring vaccinations for students is our next step in protecting campus, increasing in-person engagement, and improving mental health." 

Dean Trujillo brings passion and experience to dean position

Jenni Trujillo, the dean of FLC's School of Education, has a passion for providing equal educational oportunities to bilingual LatinX and Native American students. Her expertise and personal experience has driven her to advocate for change on campus and the Four Corners region as a whole.

Alumnus looks to personal experience for novel

Kevin Lynch (English-Communication, '99), an FLC alumnus and former staff member at The Independent, just released his first novel, Tabloid Baby, which is loosely based on his experiences working in and with media in Durango.

Art & Design professor wins international award

Paul Booth, professor of Art and Design, won an international design award from the London International Creative Competition for a poster he designed advocating for tackling climate change and warning that a future with more fires may lie ahead.

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  • The American Jobs Plan introduced by President Joe Biden last week includes fostering soil restoration in Colorado. Professor of Environment & Sustainability and Biology Heidi Steltzer says investments in land and water resilience will be important for Southwest Colorado’s ecosystem and agriculture. The plan also re-introduces the Civilian Climate Corp, which Steltzer says would create jobs and be a positive motivator to care for the land.

  • Paul DeBell, assistant professor of Political Science, commented on the recent Durango election results saying, "In times of great anxiety, there’s a push to seek greater experience and a feeling of being in safe hands." DeBell states that the winners are active, connected, and bring financial and engineering expertise to City Council.

  • In response to the high cost of housing in Durango, Fort Lewis College is studying ways to help employees, faculty, and staff with homeownership costs. Though this is not a new issue, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased costs in what has already been a difficult year. 

  • Ben Waddell, associate professor of Sociology & Human Services, filmed a video and co-authored an article for Rocky Mountain PBS about an immigrant mother's struggle to educate her children in the midst of a pandemic.
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