COVID-19 has presented numerous challenges for citizens around the world. It is not surprising that marginalized populations have been disproportionately impacted in numerous ways. It’s been a challenge to remain hopeful while being reminded of all the ways systemic inequities are highlighted during this time; however, hope is what will carry us through!
There is a great deal of data coming out on these inequities. I must admit…there are so many things to think about, that I was reminded of how power and privilege work on an individual level. We sometimes gloss over the areas in which we are personally privileged. For example, I hadn’t thought about all the ways working from home may be challenging for those with visual and/or auditory disabilities. If you have a moment, check out this resource on the Racial Equity Tools website for more information on the myriad of ways populations are being impacted.
What can we do? Let’s use this time to broaden our worldview, engage in compassion, build virtual communities, and learn ways to support each other. In a post-COVID world, how can we intentionally work to address systemic inequities?
In the meantime, please look for ways to be mindful of how we are all being impacted in different and similar ways. Practice kindness to self and others. Let me know how my office can help! I look forward to seeing you soon!
Shawn Arango Ricks
Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion