Inspired by theSkimm, longer than the E-announcements, created with your short attention span in mind. 

By Jaimee Hood

“Not to be rude, but you guys are, like, really boring.”

Although much of the U.S. population seems to be attempting to put the COVID-19 crisis behind us, recent data shows the upholding of health precautions like social-distancing and wearing masks is of critical importance right now. Despite these unprecedented circumstances, it’s still summer, and the void of sports practices, workplaces and in general, activities, leaves many Americans with some extra time and boredom on their hands.

  1. Although international and cross-country travel are still largely discouraged in order to prevent the further unintentional spread of COVID-19, there are adventures to be had in our own backyard. If you’re in need of some ideas, The Clarion’s “Quarantine tourism” series is a great resource. First up, St. Anthony Falls, home of the Guthrie, Water Power Park, and more.
  2. Sometimes, all you want to do is stay at home and eat chips. Last week, the Clarion put together a list of Netflix shows to binge on those days you decide you “don’t wanna be on Broadway.” This might also be a good time to break out your elementary-school craft supplies and do some scrapbooking or macrame. It’s now or never, people.
  3. Part of Bethel’s core mission and values is our role as world-changers and reconcilers. Although being away from one another can feel isolating, there are plenty of opportunities to use what resources we have for good. Research a cause you are passionate about and find ways to contribute, whether it’s your time, money or talent, you can make a difference.

Sometimes the best way to help is to listen.

In the weeks following George Floyd’s death, the U.S. has witnessed a widespread awakening to the racism that has existed within our culture’s politics, schools, religion and every other aspect of life for centuries.

A long-overdue social media initiative emerged to amplify Black voices in the conversation about how to move forward. One prominent theme has been the call to hold institutions, especially schools, accountable for their Black members, and to do more for them.

On June 28, the @blackatbethel Instagram account shared its first post. The account invites Black students and alumni from Bethel to anonymously share their experiences. In order to share your experience, you can fill out this document or send your story in a direct message.

If you are a non-BIPOC student, follow the account and read through each post. Look through #blackatbethel. Share and amplify the posts to your own stories, and send them to your friends. Consider the stories being shared and compare them with your own experience– what is different?

Lastly, as Bethel students return to school for Fall 2020 semester, a key opportunity emerges to hold Bethel leadership accountable for its treatment, in the classroom and out, of BIPOC students. Take some time this summer to critically reflect on what your role will be– a voice that longs to be heard, or a heart that longs to listen.

Connect with professionals in your area! 

If you are a recent graduate looking for employment in the COVID-19 job market, the Office of Alumni and Family Relations is hosting a live networking webinar July 8. The free webinar will feature a panel of Bethel alumni eager to share what they have learned. You’ll need to register ahead of time, as there are limited spots available. The best part is, no one has to shake any sweaty hands.

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