As Cornell employees and students work together in lifelong learning partnerships with the Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP), a wealth of accomplishments and comradery builds up over the semester. Traditionally, this treasure trove of learning and collegiality is toasted with a closing celebration. After a year of being unable to hold the event for public health reasons, CLASP celebrated once again on December 8, 2021.
Although masks obscured faces, delighted laughter and animated speech expressed the smiles and energy in the room. Modifications to the format, such as a smaller guest list, masking and forgoing a festive meal, did little to dampen spirits of those connected with CLASP, a participatory adult learning program designed to create and support one-on-one mutual learning partnerships of Cornell employees and students.