Adopted by the Advisory Board, March 23, 2022
Since its founding in 1962, IRP/LP2 has been a peer learning community with a dual mission – to offer high quality study groups that deepen our members’ learning and to provide an arena for the development of friendships and a range of opportunities for social and cultural engagement. This approach and structure distinguish us from many other adult education programs. When we meet in person the synergy of these two missions strengthens both. Since the arrival of the COVID 19 virus, as our community shifted from an in-person to a remote platform, the learning in study groups continued; however, opportunities for deeper social connections diminished.
As we witness the decline of the virus and many aspects of life in our city returning to a pre-COVID “normal”, LP2 faces a difficult decision with respect to the modality of study groups in the coming academic year. With a strong commitment to maintain our identity as a community of in-person peer learners and not simply as an on-line academic program, the Director and Advisory Board plan for a significant return to in-person study groups on the campus of the CUNY Graduate Center. To build a rich campus life in our new home, we anticipate more regular programming in person and in collaboration with the Graduate Center community.
Recognizing that some of our valued members are immunocompromised, and face significant risks in traveling and participating in groups on campus, we will offer a number of study groups in a virtual format to maintain their commitment and contributions to the program.
We view the 2022-23 academic year as a transition year, with the intent of returning to a full on-campus program in 2023-24, with additional opportunities for members who are not able to participate in person. Of course, if conditions change before the start of the Fall 2022 semester, we will be flexible in modifying this plan.