Dr. Richie Rashmin Bhandare is an Assistant Professor in the College Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He says that compassion has been an essential online teaching tool throughout the COVID-19 crisis. By showing compassion in this unprecedented the situation, AU’s professors are role modeling a key soft skill for students to utilize in their careers and in their communities.
Meanwhile, Maessarath Adouni Titilokpe, an international student from France, has been the recipient of deep compassion from across campus and timezones. In April, she thought she'd be spending her birthday alone in the hostel since she wasn't able to go to back to France when the coronavirus hit. But, as a surpise, her French family -- and her AU family -- all joined together for a ZOOM celebration. Even Chancellor Karim Seghir joined the call to offer his best wishes! Maessarath was finally able to return to France on May 27 to be reunited with her family.