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COVID-19 and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Welcome to the intersection of COVID-19 and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

 

COVID-19 has infiltrated nearly every corner of the world and, tragically, continues to claim lives of all ages and induce severe inflammatory illness in children. While the novel coronavirus is impartial to who may contract the disease, data shows us that marginalized communities are bearing the worst of this public health crisis. The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has created this page as a resource to help spread awareness and actionable insights on how we mitigate hate, bias and the health and economic disparities at the intersection of COVID-19 and equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

The resources on this page will be updated regularly to bring you the latest data, research, and insights from health care leaders, conversations with social and economic experts, and stories from you, on the multidimensional toll of the coronavirus pandemic and how we work together to support those most impacted. 

 

A Special Message of Gratitude to Essential Workers

The Youth Advisory Council at UC San Diego's Center for Community Health expresses our deepest gratitude for all essential and frontline workers facing the brunt of the challenges that come with COVID-19. #UnsungHeros

 

 

Resources from UC San Diego Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

Coming soon!

Community Engagement & Positive Impact

How the Rady Community is Showing Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The UC San Diego community is working tirelessly to find solutions to the obstacles we face as a result of the the pandemic. From critical research to combat COVID-19 to making masks for healthcare workers, we are proud to witness inspiring acts of resilience and care.

COVID-19: The Jacobs School Community Engages

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering community is stepping up to address many challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has put before us. Here the school highlights a cross section of projects that Jacobs School faculty, students, staff and alumni have launched in response to COVID-19. 

Earth 2.0 @ UC San Diego: COVID-19 Rapid Response

Earth2.0 is a vision of our world with all of us working together. We believe many hands can make even the biggest problems solvable. We see this happening now and our mission is to foster and innovate to help every citizen share their story and contribute to Earth2.0. Imagine a network of Us.

How Rady School of Management Alumni are Responding to COVID-19 

Get inspired by Rady School alumni acts of care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How Can I Tell Which Charity to Support During This Crisis? (NC State University) 

The current COVID-19 crisis has the nonprofit sector facing challenges on an unprecedented scale. So, yes, nonprofits need our help. But how can we determine which organizations to support?

News & Expert Opinion Pieces

Don’t Blame Econ 101 for the Plight of Essential Workers (The Atlantic)

They’ve been systematically devalued for years. But they don’t have to be.

Caring for Mental Health in Communities of Color During COVID-19 (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) 

Lack of access to testing, fear of being profiled while wearing face masks, and other issues are increasing toxic stress and straining mental health in communities of color. Learn what one leader is doing about it.

Business as Unusual: Will the Pandemic Lead to a Lost Generation of Diverse Talent? (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) 

Annette Byron and Timothy Wilkins of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, examine the structural impediments that led to the disparate impact of the coronavirus on black and ethnic minorities and how business should reimagine their approach to diversity and inclusion through novel approaches to remote working, supply chains and community investment.

Impact of COVID-19 on Marginalized Communities (San Diego Union Tribune)

Some students at UC San Diego who set out to document the oral histories of San Diego’s ethnic communities also are witnessing firsthand the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on marginalized communities.

Thinking About Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts Through a Science-Informed, Early Childhood Lens (Harvard University)

Structural legacies of racism and other cross-generational traumas increase susceptibility to the kinds of health impairments that result in greater risk of harm from COVID-19. Evidence is also mounting that the origins of these common diseases are affected by significant adversity during the prenatal period and first 2-3 years after birth.

For Black Men, Homemade Masks May Be a Risk All Their Own (Time Magazine)

The CDC calls for Americans to wear cloth masks when in public, fashioned, for instance, from an old t-shirt or bandana. The suggestions are meant to reduce the spread of the virus while dissuading people from buying the medical-grade masks so badly needed in hospitals. But some black men, like Hoskins, are worried about the potential danger in wearing a homemade face covering.

Eight Ways to Advance Societal Equity in Battling Coronavirus (UCLA)

Professors Chandra L. Ford (UCLA), Bita Amani (Charles Drew University), Keith Norris (UCLA), Kia Skrine Jeffers (UCLA), and Randall Akee (UCLA), wrote an open letter that outlines eight recommendations to prioritize equity in policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Podcasts

Social Distance: The Racial Contract (The Atlantic)

On this episode of the Social Distance podcast, James Hamblin and Katherine Wells are joined by Adam Serwer, who explains the connection between the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and the racially disparate outcomes that have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic. (Episode Transcript)

Ask Code Switch: The Coronavirus Edition (NPR)

We asked you to email us all of your questions about race and COVID-19, and you sent us some great ones. We went through the inbox and narrowed them down to six we wanted to sink our teeth into. (Episode Transcript)

The Brain Architects Podcast: COVID-19 Special Edition Series (Harvard University)

While the coronavirus pandemic has changed many things around the world, it has not stopped child development. In this series of special episodes of The Brain Architects podcast, we aim to share helpful resources and ideas in support of all those who are caring for children while dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. (Transcripts available on individual episode pages.)

Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction with Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Race and Risk (CNN)

There have been numerous reports of black Americans dying from Covid-19 in disproportionate numbers. CNN's Chief Medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta breaks down the various factors and demographics that may make some people and communities more susceptible. (Episode Transcript)

Research, Reports & Actionable Resources

COVID-19’s Effect on Minority-Owned Small Businesses (McKinsey & Company) 

Already vulnerable, minority-owned small businesses brace for disproportionate impact. Here's how to help. 

Diversity Still Matters (McKinsey Quarterly, May 2020)

Inclusion and diversity are at risk in the crisis, but are critical for business recovery, resilience, and reimagination. 

COVID-19 Social Impact Research (University of Chicago)

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth have embarked on a series of joint research projects to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on small businesses and households. Check this page for the latest results. 

Supporting LGBTQ Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic (HRC)

HRC, in partnership with the American School Counseling Association, has released a tip sheet for school counselors on how to support LGBTQ students and mitigate some of the emerging challenges they face while social distancing. This new resource provides actionable steps, recommendations and important considerations to use when working with LGBTQ students in virtual settings. 

How COVID-19 May Affect Nonprofits (And What They Can Do About It) (NC State University)

The poor and the elderly are among those being hit the hardest by the COVID-19 epidemic, but the nonprofit organizations that meet the needs of these vulnerable populations are facing historic challenges of their own. There are things nonprofits can do to weather this storm while still meeting the needs of the people they serve.

The Full Picture: Why We Need More Demographic Data on COVID-19 (UCLA)

The pandemic has highlighted racial, ethnic and economic health disparities. Good data can prevent the gaps from widening, says UCLA's Ninez Ponce

The Lives and Livelihoods of Many in the LGBTQ Community are at Risk Amidst COVID-19 Crisis (HRC)

The LGBTQ community in the U.S. — along with many communities around the globe — will face unique challenges due to its economic and health care situations. Take a look at HRC Foundation's latest issue brief, "The Lives and Livelihoods of Many in the LGBTQ Community are at Risk Amidst COVID-19 Crisis," now.

COVID-19: How Business Can Support Women in Times of Crisis (United Nations)

Many of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are hitting women disproportionately hard. This special Academy session covered steps business can take to respect and support the rights and lives of women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups (CDC)

The effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups is still emerging; however, current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups. Studies are underway to confirm these data and understand and potentially reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minorities.

Stories from the Community

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Videos, Webinars & Virtual Panels

COVID-19: How Business Can Support Women in Times of Crisis (United Nations)

Many of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are hitting women disproportionately hard. This special Academy session covered steps business can take to respect and support the rights and lives of women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Global Impacts of COVID-19 - A GPS Webinar Series

While we struggle to understand the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy faculty and guest experts have come together to provide weekly seminars to try and help us understand where we might be headed as a global community. Each week we'll address a different sector impacted by the novel coronavirus. We hope you'll join us.

Rady Faculty for Market Impacts of COVID-19 Webinar Series

Distinguished faculty experts at the Rady School of Management are leading a free series of webinars aimed at analyzing the ongoing challenges businesses face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19

Across the UC Berkeley campus, researchers are rising to meet the complex challenges of COVID-19  Through Q&A’s, seminars, and panel discussions, faculty from a wide range of disciplines—from epidemiology to economics to the computing and data now undergirding their work—will share what they know, and what they are learning. 

Virtual Resources for UC San Diego Community

UC San Diego Campus Community Updates Regarding COVID-19

Our leaders are working closely with federal and state officials to ensure your ongoing safety at the university. Stay up to date with the latest developments.

Equity and Inclusion During COVID-19

The Council of Chief Diversity Officers at the University of California documents suggestions to assist campus decision makers, faculty, administrators, students and staff on providing supportive, positive, and inclusive campus climates during the COVID-19 crisis.

Find Your Virtual Community

The centers are a place of belonging where all students, staff and faculty can find community, explore social justice issues, gain leadership skills, engage in open dialogue and take part in educational and social activities. Connect with others through a host of virtual programs and events.

 

VIRTUAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

Keep Engaging 

Your hub for Spring Quarter 2020's virtual student experience. Drop by the Virtual Student Union or take a meditation break through the virtual wellness program.

Embrace Virtual Learning

Take advantage of the tools, learning strategies, and academic support available to you as you navigate this virtual learning environment.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

No problem or concern is too big or small. Make an appointment today. If you are in crisis outside of business hours, counselors are available by calling 858-534-3755, and selecting Option 2 from the voice menu.

UC San Diego 2.0

With a wealth of online offerings, UC San Diego is meeting the needs of students as the campus temporarily shifts to remote learning to protect the health and safety of the university community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

VIRTUAL RESOURCES FOR FACULTY & STAFF

Master Remote Teaching and Presentations

This guide helps faculty prepare and perfect their remote instruction in order to minimize loss of learning time and lessen the impact of a disruption.

Balance Work, Caregiving and Your Well-being

Find information and links to resources and programs, from within the University of California community and beyond, designed to support caretakers, families, and YOU during COVID-19.

 

For virtual campus events related to equity, diversity, and inclusion visit our Events page. If you would like to have your virtual event included please notify us at diversity@ucsd.edu.

To help make your virtual event accessible and enjoyable for all, please refer to UC San Diego's Accessible Event Planning Guide.