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Equity and Inclusion during COVID-19

During these unpresented times and while the University and the world adhere to physical distancing and other CDC guidelines to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is available and committed to the entire Coastal Carolina University community via phone, email, video conference (i.e., Zoom, Microsoft Team, Skype) social media, and the web. To reach DEI staff and/or to schedule a meeting, please email us at odi@ccu.edu, disability@coastal.edu, and iiss@coastal.edu. You can also follow the Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services office @IISS_CCU. Please note that our main offices will remain closed until further notice, but our staff will be working remotely to support the Coastal community.

To request disability accommodations or to file an online incident report through our online forms, please visit: https://coastal-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation/ or https://www.coastal.edu/dei/ccuclimate/completeanincidentreport/

Thank you for your cooperation as we all do our part to help protect our staff and community while continuing to support the mission of the university.

Maintaining Equity and Inclusion in Virtual Environments

As CCU strives to keep our students, faculty and staff safe in these unusual times, we are all wondering how we can continue to ensure that support and strengthen our community. This guide provides suggestions to help all members of our community provide a supportive positive and inclusive campus climate during the COVID-19 crisis.

  1. Reject racism, sexism, xenophobia and all hateful or intolerant speech, both in person and online. Be an "up-stander," and discourage others from engaging in such behavior.

  2. Address unequal access to technology, hardware and software. Ask students about their level of access to technology.  Use that information to inform the technology choices for your courses.

  3. Ensure web accessibility for students with disabilities when using online learning or remote instruction. Visit COOL and CeTEAL for more tips.

  4. Be inclusive and remember that everyone has different circumstances. Continue to treat everyone with respect, both in their presence and in their absence. Do not resort or revert to unkind discussions about people, individuals or groups who may not be in your immediate social circle.

  5. Advocate for students who have fewer resources. Many students rely on the housing, dining, health care and employment provided on campus. Support efforts to keep some residence and dining halls open and allow for access to campus food pantries, basic needs, and health resources.

  6. Be patient with one another during email, text and video conversations. There can be a tendency to want immediate answers, and typically friendly ways of communicating can break down without deliberate effort to maintain kindness. Try to be as clear as possible in online conversations. Don't assume that broad, sweeping statements will be fully understood.

  7. Be kind and understanding regarding expectations. Relax requirements that can become impositions, such as demanding business attire for online video meetings or classes, or penalizing participants in online classes for wearing casual attire. Remember that people may be operating without resources and access to many material items and services. Keep the focus on what is most important.

  8. Build community through virtual coffee/tea hours with colleagues, office-mates, students and faculty.

  9. Do not use terms such as “Chinese virus” or other terms which cast either intentional or unintentional projections of hatred toward Asian communities, and do not allow the use of these terms by others. Refer to the virus as either “COVID-19” or “coronavirus” in both oral and written communications.

  10. Support the health care workers who are on the front line of this pandemic. Help ensure that they get the rest they need, can attend to personal and familial needs, and are supported as health care workers and as people.

  11. “Flatten the curve” by attending to the health-related guidelines set forth by federal and local governments.

  12. Remember to practice self-care. Recognize your own stress, manage yourself before managing others, and make time for your physical and emotional needs.

Adapted from https://diversity.universityofcalifornia.edu/policies-guidelines/covid-19.html

CCU Resources

Academic Continuity

Digital Accessibility

Faculty Best Practices Guide for Digital Learning Courses (PDF)

Student Benevolence Funds

Renting Laptops

Digitizing materials (scanned)

Office of Veteran Services
Warrior Wednesday program (students send in emails, photos, or short video clips of their military appreciation). For more information, contact Ashley Nance.

Other Resources

These helpful information guides are available to assist faculty, administrators, students and staff to support and encourage an inclusive campus climate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rejecting Coronavirus Xenophobia, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UC Davis

COVID-19: What’s in a Name, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UCLA

At Our Best: Embodying the Principles of Community, Newsroom, and UC Merced

Inclusivity during Difficult Times, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UC Irvine

Inclusion, Equity, and Access While Teaching Remotely, Center for Teaching Excellence, Rice University

Maintaining Equity and Inclusion in Virtual Learning Environments, San Diego State University

Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

COVID-19 DEI Crisis Action Strategy Guide, National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA)