Dear Members of the Rady Community:
As news is shared regarding developments around the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, I’m following with diligence, and thinking carefully of how this will impact the ensuing course of events in each of our lives and those closest to us, our school, and the world.
Fortunately, a team of experts from the UC San Diego leadership team and health care experts are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and San Diego County Public Health to ensure the ongoing safety at the university and within the community. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders is the first priority for us as we put plans in place to ensure continuity of programs and teaching.
UC San Diego has a dedicated website with resources and updates available as developments for the Novel Coronavirus 2019 are shared, and the Rady School of Management will be adhering to all policies put in place as a campus and within the University of California system. Any changes or measures taken are done with the greatest care in order to protect each within our community in addition to those who are most vulnerable to the disease.
Specific messaging surrounding the rescheduling of any events impacted by these changes will be shared in the coming weeks as information becomes available. At this point in time, we have prioritized contingency planning of immediately impacted classes and programs, and ask for your patience with any questions or inquiries coming in to various departments as we manage this transition.
To our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and all of our friends and supporters: I understand that these challenges require greater creativity, agility, and patience in each of our daily lives, and I want to express my gratitude for the resilience you are demonstrating and will continue to share with one another.
I am proud of the efforts and work being led by researchers at UC San Diego and worldwide to address the uncertainty of the Novel Coronavirus 2019. This important work truly embodies the translation of ideas to impact that our school represents.
I recognize that as a community we are still faced with many unknowns as we work together through an unprecedented chapter in our lives. This is also an opportunity for us to embrace the different ways in which we are able to communicate, to connect, and to be supportive of one another.
I’m thinking of each of you during this time, and will work to keep you informed in the days and weeks ahead.
Lisa D. Ordóñez, Ph.D.
Dean, Rady School of Management
Stanley and Pauline Foster Endowed Chair