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Conference Paper/Presentation

Conference

Aurora Community Resource Team(CRT) VIRTUAL MEETING, ZOOM COVID-19 RESOURCE MEETING

Publication Date

5-1-2020

Abstract

As the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, I am going to discuss our response to COVID-19 and remote teaching and learning through that lens.

Several issues including racism, classism, and oppression have come to light since this pandemic has hit. Not that these issues did not exist prior to COVID-19, but now they are top of mind, front and center. According to the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, there has been an increase in Xenophobia and harassment directed towards Chinese, Chinese Americans and other Asian groups. Our students are having to confront Microaggressions that some have never experienced before and when I talk about microaggressions, I’m talking about verbal, behavioural, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative prejudicial slights and insults toward any group, particularly culturally marginalized groups. You may have heard the term “China Virus” being used to describe the Coronavirus or phrases like “diseased Chinese people” or “go back to China”. This in and of itself is offensive, hurtful and has caused social and emotional harm. Xenophobia is spreading just like this virus.

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