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Dear SDSU Imperial Valley students,

First of all I wanted to say 'hi,' hoping you and your loved ones are safe and doing well.

While adjusting to learning virtually poses some challenges for all, I am grateful for your patience and perseverance in continuing your studies so that you may graduate in the near future. I am proud of each and every one of you.

I also want you to know that it is OK to reach out to us if you need help, and know that we will do our best to assist you. Over the past couple of weeks, SDSU President Adela de la Torre has sent messages to all university students, including SDSU Imperial Valley students, updating everyone on the many virtual services available.

As we are a small and closely connected academic community, some of you have reached out directly to our faculty, staff, and SDSU IV Associated Students Council leaders sharing your needs. I am glad you feel comfortable doing so. To allow us to better organize ourselves and so we can serve you more quickly, I ask that you access our services directly as summarized below:

  • SDSU Imperial Valley website: Our homepage has contact information to access various services available to you such as Student Health Services, Counseling & Mental Health Services, Academic Advising Services, Financial Aid Services, and other links.

  • SDSU Imperial Valley tutoring services: The Academic Learning Services Center has online tutors ready to help you, and is preparing some workshops on SPSS, APA, and other topics.

  • SDSU Imperial Valley IT Help Desk: The help desk is prepared to assist if you are having difficulties with your computer, software, or other technical issues. Please identify yourself as an SDSU Imperial Valley student when explaining your needs when filling out the form on the help desk form online.

  • SDSU Imperial Valley Career Services and SD Campus Career Services: Access to jobs and internships postings, virtual events for employers, and career advising are available to you via our Handshake scheduling service; please make sure to identify yourself as an SDSU IV student.

  • Virtual Technology Support Services: Software and internet resources are available to you.

  • Economic Crisis Services: Assistance for emergency technology, food, housing, and other basic needs is available. Please identify yourself as an SDSU Imperial Valley student when explaining your specific needs when filling out the assistance request form online.

As always, SDSU President Adela de la Torre and I will continue keeping you up-to-date as we continue moving forward through this semester and get you ready for the summer session and fall semester we have planned for you. Continue to visit SDSU’s public-facing COVID-19 site for information and updates.

Also, do not forget to apply for scholarships!

Con mucho respeto y aprecio,

Gregorio A. Ponce
SDSU Imperial Valley Dean

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