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Reducing Stigma and Discrimination

We want to take this opportunity to remind our diverse community that we are an institution that takes pride in its welcoming environment and unwavering promotion of the values of equity and inclusion. These challenging times are not an excuse to behave any differently toward those with whom we serve, live, study and work. As always, any student who experiences discrimination of any kind can speak with their campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs Office for support. Likewise, faculty or staff can speak with the Chief Diversity Officer/Civil Rights Compliance Officers. The College’s Non-discrimination notice includes information on how to report, including policies and contact information.

The CDC also recommends the following on reducing stigma related to COVID-19:

Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. For example, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Stigma can also occur after a person has been released from COVID-19 quarantine even though they are not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others.

It is important to remember that people - including those of Asian descent - who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than others.

Some groups of people who may be experiencing stigma because of COVID-19 include:

  • Persons of Asian descent
  • People who have traveled
  • Emergency responders or healthcare professionals