Members of the BSU community take up the battle against COVID-19
Also in this issue: Striving for Racial Justice on Campus and Beyond, New Academic Programs, Alumna Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame
President Frederick W. Clark JR., ESQ., ’83
"I’m optimistic, and what I’ve observed from the beginning is that we adapt to whatever challenge is in front of us; we don’t succumb to it. It makes us aspire to be better, to improve, to meet the adversity, and to move beyond it by being innovative, working harder and by being compassionate, all of the qualities that have endured here at Bridgewater for 180 years."
The stories in this section deal with the ongoing fallout from the spread of COVID-19 and the ways in which members of the BSU community have responded.
Several alumni and students have served on the various front lines of the pandemic. Profiled in these pages are those who answered phones for hotlines devoted to those left depressed or suicidal due to the manifest effects of the virus. Meanwhile, others have worked in area hospitals, served with the National Guard, worked as a local firefighter/EMT, and stepped up to help the homeless. Finally, an alumna in Maine, who is preparing for her future career in medicine, cofounded a volunteer organization to assist medical professionals severely burdened due to the long hours demanded by the pandemic response by helping with chores such as food shopping and pet sitting.
Each of these individuals exemplifies the BSU motto, “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister,” in a time when many around them more than ever need a helping hand.
Education professor’s work addresses both the pandemic and racial issues
Speaking Up, Speaking Out
By John Winters, G'11
Racial justice is an ongoing battlefront that garnered new attention in 2020 due to the many highly publicized killings by police of unarmed people of color. The BSU community rushed to get involved.
This section features stories about a current student and recent graduates whose undergraduate research projects took on topics relating to racial justice and immigration. You’ll also read the thoughts of a trio of faculty members who have spent time this year discussing the issues of race and discrimination. Meanwhile, two faculty members are doing their part in the battle against injustice, as is an alumna who is making a career in Boston as an attorney fighting for the rights of the underrepresented.
Each of these individuals demonstrates a commitment to equity, fairness and a more just society.
Shayla Mombeleur, ’12, seeks justice for the underrepresented
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Talk about a family affair! When Jim Lamonte returned to BSU after many years away to finish his degree, he knew he’d be in good company – his children, Mya and Tyler, are both current students. This trio of Bears is living and loving the Bridgewater State University way. As proud papa put it, “To be able to go back and share this experience with them has been an absolutely awesome opportunity.” photo by Carl Hollant, ’15, University News and Video
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