Emergency Response Teams

These teams have been charged with conducting focused planning in specific areas that align with the College’s overall COVID-19 scenario planning.

Academic Planning Group (work completed)

Primary Charge: The Academic Planning Group is responsible for researching and recommending an academic model for 2020-2021; evaluates all academic policies and makes recommendations to faculty governance groups. This ERT houses working groups focused on retention and graduation, scheduling, faculty development, academic first-year experience, faculty work/life balance and faculty health and safety.
 
Leadership: Jon Western, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty; Carol Hoffmann Collins '63 Professor of International Relations
 
This group has completed their work and is no longer active.

Admission

Primary Charge: The Admissions ERT develops recommendations regarding the recruitment of prospective students, admissions, class size, use of spring class and campus visits.
 
Leadership: Leykia Nulan, Dean of Admission

Alumnae Experience

Primary Charge: The Alumnae Experience ERT develops and implements opportunities for alumnae engagement and community building to replace and augment traditional offerings. Provides student-alumnae connection opportunities.
 
Leadership: Liz Lierman, Executive Director, Career Development Center; Interim Executive Director of the Alumnae Association

Emergency Response Team Leadership

Primary Charge: ERT Leadership provides leadership to ERT working groups, maintains deadlines and documentation and ensures coordination between the ERT and Cabinet.
 
Leadership: Marcella Runell Hall, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and Laura Smiarowski, Interim Chief of Staff

Events Management

Primary Charge: The Events Management ERT is responsible for developing protocols, guidelines and recommendations for the implementation of in-person events on campus at Mount Holyoke.
 
Leadership: Alicia Erwin, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Involvement and Heather Tetrault, Assistant Director of Event Services

Financial Review Group

Primary Charge: The Financial Review Group  advises the College leadership as it considers the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic while being as attentive as ever to our core educational mission, its preservation and renewal, as well as to our community values.
 
Leadership: Shannon Gurek, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

Senior Policy Group/Cabinet

Primary Charge: The Senior Policy Group/Cabinet considers the recommendations brought to them by the ERT groups and makes decisions as needed upon them.
 
Leadership: Sonya Stephens, President

Student Accounts/SFS

Primary Charge: The Student Accounts ERT researches and makes recommendations regarding matters that impact financial aid and student accounts.
 
Leadership: Robin Randall, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Residential Student Group

Primary Charge: The Residential Student Group is charged with researching and making recommendations regarding campus housing, campus health, safety and testing needs, dining services operations and co-curricular activities.
 
Leadership: Karen Engell, Director of Health Services and Rachel Alldis, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life

Employee Return to Campus

Primary Charge: The Employee Return to Campus Group, in alignment with MA’s phased re-opening strategy, considers plans for approaching safe practices and timelines for on-campus work.
 
Leadership: Heidi Friedman, Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Classroom Group

Primary Charge: The Classroom Group makes recommendations for use  of academic spaces with a focus on determining new occupancy standards in light of physical distancing guidelines.
 
Leadership: Gary Gillis, Norman Wait Harris and Emma Gale Harris Foundation Professor of Biological Sciences; Associate Dean of Faculty; Director of the Science Center

Buildings and Grounds

Primary Charge: Buildings and Grounds makes recommendations regarding the opening of indoor and outdoor public and mixed use spaces.
 
Leadership: Shannon Gurek, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

Student Employment

Primary Charge: The Student Employment ERT makes recommendations regarding off-campus, remote and on-campus student employment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Leadership: Jenny Watermill, Senior Associate Director, Experiential Learning & Exploration

Student Experience

Primary Charge: The Student Experience ERT is charged with developing a vision and framework for a co-curricular student experience that is inclusive of all students whether they reside on campus or not in 2020-2021.
 
Leadership: Alicia Erwin, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Involvement

Travel

Primary Charge: The Travel ERT makes recommendations regarding travel by members of the MHC community. This includes any travel restrictions, required quarantine, etc.
 
Leadership: Gary Gillis, Norman Wait Harris and Emma Gale Harris Foundation Professor of Biological Sciences; Associate Dean of Faculty; Director of the Science Center

Spring Review Group

Primary Charge: The Spring Review Group makes recommendations regarding the opening of campus for the spring 2021 semester.
Leadership: Paul Kandel, Strategic IT Project Management Lead and Stacey Lyons, Associate Vice President for College Relations Operations, co-chairs
Members:
  • David Powicki, Director of Technology Infrastructure & Systems Support
  • Lori Smith, Assistant Director of Environmental Health & Safety
  • Imad Zubi, Director, Willits-Hallowell Center