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OAA Communication

Across the span of just one week in March, there were two mass shootings in the United States that resulted in 18 people being killed—six of them Asian women, adding to the sadness, anxiety, fear, and anger surrounding the increase in verbal harassment and physical assaults against Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, loved ones, friends, and communities of the victims surrounding these two tragedies. We also firmly stand against bias-motivated violence, racism, and xenophobia of any kind as JED supports efforts to stop hate and violence against Asian and AAPI communities.

If you or one of your peers or students are experiencing signs of distress, text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8253) for a confidential conversation anytime. For some resources to support AAPI students and campus peers, click here for mental health and anti-racism resources to support AAPI communities.

We encourage everyone on campus to look out for each other and reach out for support at this time. We also encourage everyone to educate themselves on ways to provide a safe and healthy environment for Asian and AAPI students and their families and engage in safe methods to actively call out injustices. We believe that feeling safe and knowing that our friends, family, and community members are safe are essential to maintaining our mental health. Let’s continue to support one another and take actions to promote mental health, inclusion, and safety for all.

Yours in health,

The JED Team

Commencement Information: The Registrar’s Office sent out the commencement application today to all students who are eligible to participate in the ceremony in June. If you did not receive this application and you have more than 195 units earned, please email mlopez@lifewest.edu.

Spring Break, March 29-April 2: The OAA email communication will be sent out during the spring break on Tuesday and Friday. Spring quarter begins Monday, April 5.

Courses not passed: If you did not pass an academic course or a clinic course in the Winter quarter, you will have a change to your schedule during the break. Please check CAMS toward the end of the break week for changes.

Learning Commons (Library) Spring Break Hours:

  • Wednesday, March 31 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Friday, April 2 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Building Access During Break:

The student entrance will be locked during the break week (3/29/2021 – 4/2/2021). Everyone must enter the building through the Health Center Entrance.

Work Study Positions – you can apply now and begin working Spring 2021:

  • HC Peer Mentors

  • HC Entry Monitor

  • Audio/Visual Assistant

  • Research Assistant

  • Institutional Assistant

  • IA Database Clean Up

  • Technique Assistant

  • Educational Technology Assistant

  • Academic Success Center Clerical Assistant

  • Peer Tutor

Please click on the link below to view additional information on the positions listed.  To apply for any of the positions, click the login/register link at the top right of the page.  Then, select the Candidate button and fill out the fields to create an account.  After the account is created, you may apply for a position, and a work-study application will be sent to you.


Please contact Loretta Saunders (lsaunders@lifewest.edu) if you have any questions.

Reporting Change in Health Status: If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19, please do not come to campus, stay home, and contact Professor David Straub (dstraub@lifewest.edu).

Staying in Compliance with Alameda County to have a happy, healthy quarter:

  • Students must enter through the back double-doors on campus near the library. The front entrance is for employees and patients/interns of the Health Center.

  • Social distancing of 6 feet between people is required when on campus (not in hands-on labs).

  • Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by every person on campus at all times. Staff/faculty with private offices are the only people who do not have to wear masks when in their offices alone.

  • Students are responsible for sanitizing their own workspace before the start of use. Students are not responsible for sanitizing their workspace after use.

To access more information on the questions and compliance orders above, please follow this link!

Questions/ Concerns:  Please direct all questions or concerns to the Office of Academic Affairs academicaffairs@lifewest.edu.  We will route your communication to the appropriate office or individual to best assist you in a timely manner.


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