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Students gather around therapy dogs during Wednesday’s Community Reflection. The reflection also included gentle music and an art project consisting of hundreds of paper stars “to represent the strength of our community.”

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Community reflection meant to help students pause, connect

A community reflection held in Lobby 13 Wednesday afternoon featured drinks, cookies, therapy dogs, and an art project.

The purpose of the event, organizer Izzy Lloyd ’18 told The Tech, was to “create a space for people to come relax and unwind” and be with friends in the midst of a difficult semester. The event also served as a way to provide support to students on the anniversaries of the deaths of Christina E. Tournant ’18 and Matthew L. Nehring ’18.

In an email to undergraduates, Daysi N. Gomez ’18 wrote that the “strong sense of community” fostered in the past year is “something to be proud of” and that it results from “showing compassion for one another.”

Turnout at the community reflection was high, with the cookies disappearing quickly and many students stopping by to pet the therapy dogs and decorate paper stars for a community art project. The atmosphere was tranquil, with calm music playing in the background and students chatting with friends.

The stars will be strung together and hung somewhere on campus. Gomez said they will “represent the strength of our community.”

Lloyd said that the high turnout shows that time for reflection is “what the community needs.”

She said she plans to hold similar events in the future, possibly as frequently as once a month or once every two weeks.

—Emma Bingham