COVID-19 UPDATESSeptember 28, 2020
TCU created a helpful guide to outline the enhanced cleaning procedures, reconfigured classrooms and testing and contact tracing policies implemented to keep students, faculty and staff safe. The guide is available at https://www.tcu.edu/coronavirus/files/connected-campus-guide-for-faculty-staff.pdf
Summer and Fall 2021 Updates
All summer courses will be held online. For more information about summer courses, please visit www.brite.edu/summer.
Brite is currently planning to hold most of our seminar and elective courses in-person during the fall 2021 semester. To ensure the safety of the community, we anticipate that all in-person classes will require face coverings and physical distancing of six feet. Because we plan to observe distancing in the fall semester, most introductory masters level courses will be held online due to space constraints. Please note that there will be some instances in which a seminar or elective course will take place online and an introductory course will meet in-person. A complete schedule of in-person and online courses will be available by the end of April. For more information about fall courses, please visit www.brite.edu/fall.
As with many situations during the COVID period, our plans for the fall could change. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.
Spring 2021 Calendar Updates
The Spring 2021 semester will begin on Tuesday, January 19. Brite will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A complete spring calendar will be releases in a few weeks, but key dates are listed below. Please note that because Ministers Week will take place in a shortened format we will not have a full reading week as normal in February. The decision to abbreviate the reading week was made, in part, in order to ensure that our courses have sufficient contact hours during the semester.
January 11-15: January intensive courses
January 15: New Student Orientation
January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Brite offices closed
January 19: First day of classes
February 9-10: Ministers Week/Reading Days (No classes)
March 9-11: Spring “Refresh”
April 2: Good Friday – Brite offices closed
April 23: Last day of Classes
April 26-April 30: Reading Week
May 3-7: Exam Week
May 8: Commencement
May 10: Beginning of May term
Fall 2020 Schedule Updates
Due to the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19, Brite has adjusted the schedule of classes to allow for social distancing. Please view Fall 2020 Updated Instruction Method for additional information.
Brite Divinity School’s Borderlands Institute Receives Emergency Grant to Aid Immigrant Communities
Brite Divinity School’s Borderlands Institute has received a $150,000 emergency grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for immediate and direct aid to immigrant communities. Grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Foundation’s Theology Program sought institutions that could provide rapid support to the most vulnerable communities, while sharing their voices and experiences.
In the midst of COVID-19, many immigrant communities, particularly along the southern U.S. border, are in urgent need of financial assistance. Members of these immigrant communities provide essential needs, such as harvesting the U.S.’s food supply and processing meat in packing facilities, or engaging in various service industries, such as care of children, the elderly and the sick, as well as housekeeping and landscaping. These individuals are at greater risk of infection of COVID-19, and thus, losing their jobs, and in many cases, being detained in or deported out of the country while possibly carrying the virus. Their jobs are precarious at any time, with no sick leave, paid vacation or health insurance. These communities are in urgent need of financial assistance for food, housing and household bills.
The emergency grant fund will be used to financially assist established nonprofits, humanitarian organizations and religious communities that are involved in sheltering and providing healthcare, food and other basic critical and pastoral needs to immigrant communities. In addition, the grant will fund new and/or ongoing programs linked to these communities, including faith communities, nonprofits and ministries seeking to provide emergency assistance. Finally, the grant funds will be utilized to document the historical impact of immigrant communities and add their voices to the national/global narrative in these unprecedented days.
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Due to the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19, Brite’s summer classes have been moved online. We deeply value the face-to-face education that has defined Brite’s education for more than a century and are exploring options to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff when we return to campus.
Our Admissions staff is processing applications on a regular basis. They are available to share information and answer any questions you may have about Brite, degree programs, or the application process. The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 is June 30. Staff are working to bring a variety of virtual experiences to prospective students. You may also e-mail them to set up a phone call or Zoom video call.
We want to thank you for your help in keeping our campus community safe. We have a responsibility to each other, our campus and the greater community to help ensure good health, decrease the potential impacts of COVID-19 and prevent its exposure to vulnerable populations.
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