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Transitioning to Distance Learning: Robin Huntley, Staff

By Hui Li ’21

Co-Chief Photographer

As the college continues operating off-campus, it is important to maintain the bonds formed on the Hill. Even though we are not together on campus, we remain close through the strong sense of community we have at Holy Cross. Let us stay connected to each other during this time of distance.

Hello! Can you introduce yourself and say a little bit about your role on campus?

My name is Robin Huntley, and I am the Student Case Manager for the CARE (Campus Assessment, Response, and Education) team, and I am part of the Office of Student Affairs. My role is to support students and help guide them to resources across campus.

How long have you worked at Holy Cross?

I began on January 27, 2020, so about 12 weeks.

Is this your first time working in a college setting?

It’s not! I have my M.A. (Master of Arts degree) in Student Affairs in Higher Education. I’ve worked in Residence Life, First Year Experience/Orientation, Academic Success, and Career Services at a variety of colleges in multiple states.

How were your transitions this year, both from your previous workplace to Holy Cross and from your office on campus to your workspace at home?

My transition to Holy Cross from Clark University was easy. The students, staff, and faculty at Holy Cross were incredibly welcoming, and always willing to assist, so it made it feel like home fairly quickly. The transition to working at home was a little different. My husband began working from home at the same time as me, and daycare (we have a 5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter) closed a few days later. We’ve had to figure out how to both work and provide structure for our kids. Many students have now virtually met my kids, since they’ll run into the room we’re working in while I am on a call.

Photo courtesy of Robin Huntley.
The Huntleys currently share a workspace on their dining room table.

How have you been communicating with others in the community?

I’ve been communicating with community members using Zoom/Google Hangout, phone, and email. 

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with the student community (and maybe with your colleagues as well)?

Reach out and ask for help! That goes for everyone. One thing I really miss is the environment in Hogan 109, where I could go into someone’s office, and ask questions or run through ideas of how to help students. Now that looks a little different, but I still try to reach out when I need help.

Cover photo courtesy of holycross.edu

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