A message from Rafi Taherian

June 11, 2020

I want to take a moment to recognize that these have been some of the toughest weeks we’ve experienced recently. President Salovey couldn’t have said it better in his May 31 message: “At a time when the American community must come together more than ever before, George Floyd’s horrifying death shocks our shared conscience and indicts our shared failure.” Our thoughts and prayers are with George Floyd’s family, community – and our mourning nation.

I hope all of you were able to attend our All Hands meeting on May 29, during which we commemorated our 2020 Long-Service Honorees. The amount of energy and excitement was overwhelming! I loved following the chats throughout our time together. I only wish I could chat as fast as you all! Needless to say, Jack was also very pleased with the participation and engagement. Eleven of our Hospitality staff were honored for their long years of service to the University – including “Chef Stu” Comen and Thomas Lee, both celebrating 40 years of service. Although we were not able to celebrate in person this year, we are no less thankful for their dedication. 

As you may have read in Jack Callahan’s letter, Yale continues to move toward various phases of reactivation and we have been called upon to support our colleagues in Facilities. Bob Sullivan is coordinating with Facilities’ management to schedule the return of a large portion of our staff to campus, beginning Monday, June 15. The bulk of work during this period will be focused on packing and cleaning students’ undergraduate dorm rooms, porter duties, and other tasks as assigned. Managers will be reaching out to their employees with more detailed information. 

I hope you and your families are all well and staying safe.


Rafi Taherian