COVID-19: Equity Considerations to Keep in Mind

A message to our clients, partners, colleagues, and friends during the COVID-19 crisis.

How can we help?

As an online diversity and inclusion learning company, our overarching purpose is to support our partners in building inclusive cultures. Equity considerations brought forth by the COVID-19 crisis are implicit in our work, from social justice questions to online learning issues to examining bias, exclusion, and empathy for others.

In this special edition of The Lens, we offer resources to help you keep equity considerations in mind as you teach, lead, and support one another during this time.

How to lead inclusively through crisis.

It can be confusing, not to mention overwhelming, to be on the receiving end of a barrage of COVID-19-related updates, especially when you have a team to lead. For those of you feeling upended by how best to continue your work amidst this crisis, check out these resources:

COVID-19 Equity Considerations for Remote Learning Initiatives

How to Lead Through a Crisis

Coronavirus: How Employers Around the Globe Are Responding

Coronavirus and Teleworking: Tips for Preparing Your Workforce

How to use your privilege to help those most impacted.

The COVID-19 crisis reveals the severe inequality that exists in this country. While many people are inconvenienced, others are suddenly wondering how they will pay their bills, or how they will protect themselves and their family as they continue to clock in at work. Consider ways you can support those more vulnerable than you right now.

Practice and promote protective measures that keep those still working safe
Donate or help organize relief funds
Push for policies like free COVID-19 testing and treatment for all
Offer your services pro bono or volunteer

How to combat stigma, racism, and xenophobia.

As the nation grapples with uncertain and ever-growing concerns about the impact of COVID-19, an unintended consequence may be the propensity to find fault, cast blame or demonize others as a way of coping with the situation. The irony of this is that during times such as these we need each other more than ever.

The CDC’s Guide to Reducing Stigma
Coronavirus threat escalates fears — and bigotry
When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus
Speaking up against racism around the new coronavirus

How to foster an inclusive culture by amplifying less-heard voices.

If there’s anything COVID-19 is showing us, it’s that we’re all much more dependent on one another than we might have thought. Going forward, how can we foster inclusion and humanitarian thinking in our schools, workplaces, and communities?

Coronavirus Pandemic Showing Us How Truly Connected We Are
6 Ways You Can Help Your Community Fight The Impacts Of Coronavirus
Students Organize Their Own Aid Networks

How to take care of your mental health, not just your physical health.

The implications of social distancing paired with stress-scrolling social media (or stress-surfing news channels) can take a heavy toll on your mental health and overall well-being. If you start feeling isolated, stressed, and/or unregulated, take a moment to look over these tips:

A Comprehensive List of Well-Being Strategies During Coronavirus
Tips for Emotional Resilience During the Coronavirus Crisis
Mental Health in the Age of Coronavirus

How to exercise empathy by finding creative ways to connect.

Social distancing may mean we’re physically separated, but it doesn’t mean we’re alone. Exercise empathy remotely by checking in regularly with vulnerable friends and family and engaging with content and buying online goods from artists and gig workers who may have just lost their primary source of income.

Livestream options such as FaceTime, Instagram Live, Google Hangouts, and Zoom
Remote Collaboration Tools
Letterboxd lets you collect and discuss movies with friends
The Art of Socializing During a Quarantine

How to utilize a trauma-informed approach to teaching.

Between abrupt school closures and the sudden shift to remote work and learning, this time period may be traumatic for students and educators alike. If you’re an educator or a parent homeschooling their child, the following resources may help ease the shock of breaking out of routine:

Coronavirus Tech Handbook: Tools for Schools
Non-Screen Activities You Can Do from Home
10 Strategies for Online Learning During a Coronavirus Outbreak
COVID-19, School Cancellation, and Trauma
Permission to Do a Bad Job of Putting Your Courses Online

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