Jocelyn Buggy ‘22
At the beginning of April, the Division of Student Affairs created a new website called “Bringing the Hill to You.” Dean Michelle Murray, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, announced the launch via a video message emailed to students on April 1. The website offers a variety of ways for Holy Cross students and faculty to engage with various offices and resources while they are not physically on campus.
Bringing the Hill to You features five main tabs for people to use when navigating the website. The “Home” page contains a welcome message as well as links to other webpages, such as an archive of Dean Michelle Murray’s weekly video messages. An “Engage & Connect” tab features a daily schedule of all virtual events that are put on by various offices within the College. The schedules include hyperlinks that automatically connect users with the technology needed for specific events. People can use this tab to access things like virtual fitness classes through Campus Recreation and Telehealth visits via the Health Services Patient Portal. Depending on the day, a variety of different opportunities, campaigns, and programming are made available to members of the Holy Cross community with these schedules.
Bringing the Hill to You also highlights a collection of student leadership opportunities that have been established through collaborations between the Division of Student Affairs and different Holy Cross departments. These opportunities and programs are updated weekly and can be reached through the website’s “Explore Our Offices” tab. Some examples of this leadership programming include the ongoing #ALWAYSALEADER social media campaign and the “Men & Women for Others: Student Self Care Panel,” which occurred at 7pm on Wednesday, April 29. A list of upcoming events is updated weekly.
Administration has repeatedly expressed the importance of maintaining a sense of campus community during these unprecedented times. In her video message about Bringing the Hill to You, Dean Michelle Murray further emphasized this point. She said to students: “There are so many things that make Holy Cross special. I know you, along with faculty and staff, are doing your best to recreate at least some of those things in our virtual environment. More opportunities are on their way. If you can’t be on the Hill, we can find a way to bring the Hill to you.”