As you may be aware, we were deeply saddened this semester about the loss of a member of our New School community, Jensen Holliday. I’d like to take a moment to share more with you about who Jensen was and how our community has remembered her.
Jensen was a first-year student in the Parsons BFA Design History and Practice program. Her faculty described her as a bright and beautiful presence–-one that our community will deeply miss, particularly her peers in our Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall, where Jensen was a resident.
Like many Parsons students, Jensen was creative to her core. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jensen graduated from New Orleans Center for Creative Arts before joining The New School this fall. Her family described her as a kind and creative light.
Following her passing, Housing and Residential Education as well as Counseling Services hosted a processing space in Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall for Jensen’s friends and neighbors. During this time of healing, students shared stories and reflections about Jensen as a way of honoring her memory and beginning to process her loss.
As you spend time with your student over the holiday season, check-in with them. Ask them about their classes, of course, but also ask them about their feelings, concerns, and ideas. Remind them that Student Health Services (SHS) is available in-person or through telecounseling if they would like to talk.
I also want to acknowledge how incredibly resilient, strong, and forward-thinking your students have been this semester. They steered many challenging obstacles this semester that will undoubtedly influence how they navigate the remainder of their college experience and thereafter.
I look forward to engaging with parents more intentionally next semester, so please continue to read the newsletter. Remember that we are partners in this journey, and I am here to support you and your students as they navigate their New School experience. Please continue to reach out when needed and stay connected. Feel free to email me at email@example.com. See you in 2023!