Message to labour studies majors

We hope you are doing OK during this complicated and unprecedented time. The University has taken action given the COVID-19 crisis and posted a number of crucial updates:  https://brocku.ca/coronavirus/

Please continue to monitor your Brock email every day and the university site regularly.

As you know, face-to-face classes and exams have been suspended for the semester, and professors are now in the process of determining how best to reorganize and modify their courses. The specifics of how this will be done are determined by the course’s instructor based on the learning goals, materials, and remaining content and assignments, so you can expect some differences across your courses. What remains consistent, is that all of your professors are working diligently to try and make this transition as smooth and effective as possible. Please continue to be patient and understanding with all of our teaching staff, knowing that they are doing their best. As department chair, I can assure you that everyone in the university is striving to thoughtfully, safely, and efficiently navigate this uncharted terrain. Again, please continue to monitor your Brock emails regularly for updates from your professors.

As a labour studies department, we know that this is an especially difficult time for front-line workers, paid and unpaid care providers, vulnerable and marginalized people, single parents, people in abusive homes and relationships, and students who need to be working for pay during their studies. There will be serious social, health, and workforce impacts that are unevenly distributed around this country and the world overall. It is a time when we will see some try to profit from others’ hardships, and, hopefully, many people acting with good sense and solidarity. As labour studies majors, we know you will seek out and follow experts’ advice, act with intelligence and compassion, and safely support others. When we are past this crisis, your labour skills and knowledge will be even more important because there will be a heightened need for strong and creative ideas about how to recover, prevent, and solve problems for workplaces and communities, and for people with the drive and skills to help, analyze, create, negotiate, and, most of all, understand and care about workers.

On behalf of all of us in labour studies, please take care of yourselves and each other.

Dr. Kendra Coulter
Chair of Labour Studies