Separated by space, together at heart
At St. Thomas, we strive every day to live our values as a university inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition. Our mission is to educate students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. During this time of crisis, we believe that even though we are separated by physical space, we truly are together at heart when we continue to serve our common good.
As this is a time for unity, we remind our community that we cannot let the COVID-19 pandemic drive us apart by sowing fear and discrimination. We can never allow our fears to assign blame for this – or any – situation to any individual or group of people based on their skin color, race, ethnicity or country of origin. If you feel you have been the target of discrimination, please report it using our online reporting system.
Stay strong and healthy, Tommies.
Latest message from University Leadership (from May 17, 2020)
Dear St. Thomas faculty and staff,
Thank you to those who were able to join me last Wednesday for the One University Town Hall. I loved seeing so many of your faces! I also enjoyed the chance to talk about the ways we are preparing to welcome students back to St. Thomas in the fall and to share my hopes for our future.
Last week, Gov. Tim Walz shared more details about lifting some of the restrictions in place related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of this announcement can be found here on the state of Minnesota’s website.
Consistent with the governor’s guidance, and in close consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), we are working on a gradual plan to enable faculty and staff to return to campus throughout several phases over the summer. This plan will include measures that will allow us to maintain social distancing practices and thoroughly sanitize common areas. The plan will also include provisions for accommodating faculty and staff who are in high-risk groups.
Timelines for our return to campus phases are being finalized, and we will keep you apprised of updates as they are available.
St. Thomas Responds
Serving our common good is more important now than ever. Whether it is rallying behind our students experiencing financial hardship, providing critical supplies for our health-care workers on the front lines, or advocating on behalf of our student teachers, the St. Thomas community is banding together to make a difference. Visit our Newsroom to see stories about our community members in action to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.