April 29, 2020

Check on one another, check on you


It’s been a month and a half since most of us departed our typical office and campus environs.  The routines that we were accustomed to have been dramatically altered to a barely recognizable workday.  The majority of us are working remotely and as shared in the previous Wednesday Word very often via Zoom and other video sharing platforms.  Our new daily work routine competes with children’s school assignments, health concerns for family, and sometimes even household chores.  And all of this now occurs in the same hamster wheel we call home.


These new circumstances and situations are fertile ground for dangerous outcomes.  Lethargy can be commonplace.  As it creeps in, we feel less inclined to do the work we are tasked with doing. How easily one can slip back into bed when it’s in the same space we work.  We can find it harder and harder to stay focused.  This can lead to disinterest, disinterest in everything:  our work, health, physical fitness, and even our appearance (admit it, you’ve jumped on a zoom call with suspect hair and makeup; with your tops not matching your bottoms, or worse).


Ultimately, this can all lead to actual depression.  Yes, depression. It is a real condition and often can be found in prolonged crisis situations.  If left unchecked, depression can lead to dangerous consequences.  Pay attention to yourself and others and make sure that everyone is ok.  If not, seek assistance.  And if someone comes to mind, give them a call, send them a text it might be just what they need. I’ve had friends do that for me and they always reached me just when I needed it.

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Having been in our forced exodus for now over 40 days may remind some of old testament times.  Further this virus may be likened to one of those biblical plagues.  But just like those stalwarts back then, we are a resilient people, we are a chosen people, and we are a surviving people.  As this thing drags on (regardless of what reopens, this thing is likely to show little immediate change in our current routines), we must persist and we much truly be our brother’s/sister’s keeper.  We must also “keep” ourselves, as well.


  • AABHE’s Online Education and Engagement Webinar Series continues Wednesday, May 13th, at 12:00 p.m. (CST) / 1:00pm (EST). Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges will present: The Impact of the COVID-19 Virus on Accreditation Matters at Colleges and Universities. This is Part II of the series on The Impact of the Pandemic on Colleges and Universities Currently and Down the Road and will be moderated by our own, Dr. Joseph H. Silver. You can register online here.

  • Again, regardless of what restrictions are lifted in your area, please remember that we are not out of the woods yet.  COVID-19 has ravaged the African American community at a significantly higher rate than other communities.  Protect yourself and be your own judge for when it’s safe to return to certain activities.  Please remember to stay safe.  The updated guidelines from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

“It’s all about the students”,

Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr
Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr.
President, AABHE