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Diversity Scholars Address COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on nearly every aspect of society. Research and scholarship is critical to understanding and addressing COVID-19 impacts, including focused attention on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes, for example, scholarship which interrogates how existing societal inequalities are influencing health disparities in COVID-19 outcomes based on race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and disability status, among other characteristics. It also includes critical attention to existing and emergent social and cultural perceptions and attitudes — such as prejudice and bias based on race/ethnicity, nationality, and immigrant status — that underlie discriminatory behaviors and decision making.

In these first weeks and months of the COVID-19 pandemic and aftermath, members of the Diversity Scholars Network (DSN) have been contributing their expertise to public national discourse, policy, and practices. The DSN, hosted at the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at the University of Michigan, is an international network of over 900 scholars across a variety of institutions, fields, and disciplines who conduct diversity scholarship.

One of NCID's core mission areas is promoting, catalyzing, and elevating diversity scholarship and its application for positive social change. In this spirit, we preview below just a few examples of DSN members' recent engagements with national and local media during the COVID-19 pandemic as they offer contributions based in their scholarly expertise. This list is continuously updated.