Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and COVID-19

(New July 13)

As we live with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to acknowledge the ways that this pandemic is affecting different populations in different ways. Black, Latinx, and Native American communities are experiencing higher rates of infection and poorer outcomes for those who become ill. International students may not be able to return to the U.S. to study, and based on federal guidelines, do not have the option to study completely online and remain in the U.S. People with disabilities may have new challenges due to the increased use of technology and the use of facial coverings, and those with chronic medical conditions may have higher risks associated with a COVID-19 infection. Not all communities have the same access to technology or a private space in which to work or study, and for some, home is not a comfortable or safe space. Access to childcare is a challenge and concern for many students, staff and faculty alike.

Miami University is doing all we can to keep our community healthy, both physically and emotionally, through this pandemic, but are aware that we are not all impacted equally. While we are doing our best to minimize the disparities that are evident right now, we are always open to hearing suggestions to improve our efforts. If you have concerns we need to consider in our planning, or suggestions for how to be more equitable in our planning, please submit your thoughts using the Formstack created by our Safe Return to Campus Committee.