The Division of Diversity and Inclusion's Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dear Campus Community,
As of March 16, 2020, the physical spaces within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion will close until further notice. This includes: the LGBT Center, Multicultural Center, OMSAR, and the Women’s Center.
We – as a division – are still open and here to serve you. Here are some of the services we are still able to provide:
Our phones are call forwarded to each director or their designee. We are able to be reached in this way during normal operating hours, M-F, 8AM-5PM. Please reach out!
Each office is considering how to have remote office hours. We will update you shortly.
Virtual trainings: we will be new to this too, but please feel free to reach out and tell us what would be helpful for your team/class and we will work with you to provide something that will meet your needs.
Online programming: the centers are moving swiftly to determine what programs can be offered virtually.
Within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, we uplift diverse voices and activate allies. During our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to continuing this mission.
At times of crisis, it is frequently the most vulnerable who are disproportionately impacted. In the case of the coronavirus, this is certainly true for those who are most at risk of health complications. It is also true for those who during this time are facing challenges with childcare and eldercare, returning home to or extending their stay in communities that may not be supportive of the LGBTQ community, and those who are faced with racism and bias.
Please utilize our offices, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Equity and Civil Rights Compliance’s bias incident reporting form to report incidents of bias and racism occurring within Ohio University and our surrounding communities.
We understand that moving to online learning can create new challenges – as well as opportunities. Student Accessibility Services is available to help you as new accommodations may be needed. Please reach out to their offices at 740-593-2620 or email@example.com.
While we practice social distancing to try to diminish the spread, please still reach out to your network that are impacted by this. If you are impacted by this, there are still services to support your mental and emotional well-being. We can and should all be allies to one another - now and always.
Dr. Gigi Secuban
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
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