Chancellor's Communique

Giving Thanks & Taking Care, 11-24-20

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As we prepare for Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season during a year like no other, I want to express my tremendous gratitude for all you have done to keep CU Anschutz healthy, strong and moving forward. I also want to wish you a safe and healthy break, and encourage you to take every precaution as we see a sharp upsurge in COVID-19 cases throughout Colorado and around the country.

The CDC and CDPHE emphasize that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to stay home, avoid travel and limit gatherings to only the members of our own households. While the holidays can bring us joy in a difficult time, we must approach them with an extra measure of caution. 

As you think about your plans, here are tips for celebrating safely, Thanksgiving dos and don’ts, and holiday plans and advice from our own experts. Please also take advantage of free COVID-19 testing through December 31, and remember to self-report your status if you develop symptoms, may have been exposed or test positive, even while away. 

The thought of being apart from our families and loved ones, especially after months of unrelenting challenges, can be a heavy burden to bear. We do not take lightly what is being asked of all of us, but we know that taking steps to protect ourselves and others is the best way to ensure that we have a healthy holiday season this year, and for many years to come. 

In the spirit of gratitude, please know that we are deeply appreciative of all you have done and continue to do as we navigate truly extraordinary times. It is a privilege to work alongside you to improve lives, and advance health and healing. 

Enjoy the holiday break, and please take care. Thank you for keeping #CUAnschutzTogether.

With Gratitude,

Don Elliman

Chancellor