COVID-19 and the Engaged Campus

March 11, 2020

updated 5/19/2021

Featured Resource:

Six Tips for Socializing After You’ve Been Vaccinated

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Community Engagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond: A Guide for Community-Based Organizations



Center for Civic Reflection—use one of the discussion plans, facilitator summaries and additional resources available to engage students in reflective dialogue on a range of topics with the current crisis as the source of experience. Here are some examples:

Virtual Engagement Ideas:

In some cases, students’ community-engaged work may be able to shift in ways that still meet community needs and learning outcomes. Here are a few ideas:

  • conducting background research or gathering best practices or other information requested the partner(s)
  • taping, recording, or streaming performances or workshops to benefit community partner(s)
  • creating digital and other social media content, print program materials, or other methods for information-sharing
  • undertaking assessment, evaluation, or feedback via phone or web-based services;
  • offering (or compiling, researching, or brainstorming) strategies that provide indirect support from volunteers as a result of coronavirus
  • conducting virtual or phone-based educational supports for youth and adults

If work with an existing partner is not possible, you may be able to find suitable opportunities through these channels:

New – Inclusive Virtual Community Engagement During COVID19

Unfortunately, this public health emergency has brought out bias, discrimination, and hate in some, including racists attacks against Asian people. It’s important to proactively remind ourselves and others around us not to project fears of the virus onto marginalized groups or spread unfounded associations. People of Chinese heritage or those who look East Asian are not genetically predisposed to carry or spread the disease. It’s important to pay attention to what is happening on your campus to be able to respond quickly to any attacks or statements that may impact whether all students are welcome on your campus (here’s a great poster from the Minnesota Department of Health). There are a number of resources on responding to incidents of hate on campus, including this one from the Chronicle of Higher Education. These incidents also offer an opportunity to engage students in dialogue about racism and xenophobia. Make this a “teachable moment” in your classroom with our local and national dialogue resources.

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