Welcome, HSU Students!

Welcome to Arcata!

Dear Students,

Welcome to Arcata. 2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for all of us. With the COVID-19 crisis and accelerating nationwide demonstrations calling for social justice and police reform, we are all facing increased challenges in our personal lives and in our communities and being impelled to live up to our deepest values.

Arcata and HSU offer you a unique environment to live and learn. I applaud you for coming up here to join us during this challenging time. I want you to know the City of Arcata council, staff and police work hard to respect the dignity of all people. We want our town to be safe and welcoming to students, representing all backgrounds and identities. We wish all HSU students success in their dreams.

With all of you and with the HSU administration, we in the City of Arcata are working to do all
that we can to help keep new students and current community members safe. We urge all of you to wear face coverings, maintain social distance, limit the size of social gatherings to those within your own household and connect online rather than in person whenever you can.

Welcome to a place with winter weather. I know many of you are from warmer climates, and
may be less comfortable with frost and rain - but I hope you embrace the nature of the North
Coast. Enjoy it! Don’t let it get you down. You just need layered clothing, a raincoat, umbrella,
socks and boots when you head outside during the rainy season.

If you have roommates, grab them and explore Arcata! Downtown is only a few blocks
southwest from campus and there are many adventures to be had. Try taking a walk to the marsh or visit the Farmers' Market on a Saturday morning. Take advantage of the local opportunities. There are businesses that are looking for employees, non-profits with internship opportunities and organizations to join. You may even find some second-hand or new clothing you want to shop for, and many restaurants have take-out options and are beginning to add outdoor dining.

Make these years the best in your life - which means try things that scare you a bit, explore
your interests and make lifelong personal connections. Success is often about who you know in life - so let yourself be known! Arcata City Council meetings are currently being held online every first and third Wednesdays of the month here. Please feel free to email or call me or the other members of the City Council with any questions, comments or concerns.

Be sure to speak up if you are experiencing challenges academically, socially or legally. HSU
has advisors to help you, and the Arcata City Council wants to know how we can help you
achieve success. Your education is so important, and we are so happy you chose Humboldt State University!

Welcome to Arcata! As Humboldt County native Sara Bareilles sings it, “I want to see you be


Mayor Michael Winkler