‘Tell the truth,’ Louisiana college president says of struggle to vaccinate returning students

By: | June 18, 2021

Leaders in higher education from Florida and Louisiana recently related how colleges coped with a rough year of online learning and vaccine distribution amid the pandemic, during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.

The hearing included Dr. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black college in New Orleans, as well as Madeline Pumariega, the president of Miami Dade College, a community college which with 100,000 students is one of the largest higher education institutions in the U.S.

Verret was asked what advice he would give universities that are trying to move to full in-person classes this fall and also are encouraging sometimes reluctant students to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Tell the truth,” Verret said. “And have venues for people to ask questions. We were founded with a mission to serve not just the nation but each other.”

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