The Check on your U Crew campaign continues this month with a reminder for all members of the University of Utah community to check on their friends, peers and colleagues during this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic. This proactive campaign launched in April to encourage students, staff and faculty to reach out to others who may be feeling isolated and not only offer personal support, but remind them about all the resources still available to them through the U.
“We started this campaign back when we had only been working and learning from home for a few weeks,” said Mary Ann Villarreal, vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. “Once it became clear we were going to be home for several months, we knew it would be important to expand this campaign into the summer and continue spreading support and services to our U community no matter where they are now.”
For the month of June, the #CheckOnYourUCrew theme was a reminder that you are part of your U crew. President Ruth Watkins and Michelle Valdes, vice president of student relations for the Associated Students of the University of Utah kicked things off with tips on how they are taking care of their own health and wellness:
Throughout July, members of the U community are encouraged to check on others and invite their friends and colleagues to do the same on social media using the hashtag #CheckOnYourUCrew.
How to get involved
- Reach out to members of your “U Crew” to see how they are doing and if they need anything.
- Encourage them to reach out to campus resources including the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA), LGBT Resource Center, Black Cultural Center, American Indian Resource Center, Student Success Advocates, University Counseling Center (UCC), Feed U Pantry or Financial Aid. Other resources for students can be found here.
- Invite them to attend one of the many virtual connectivity sessions hosted by the U including:
A schedule of virtual meetups hosted by EDI centers and partners can be found here.
Any members of the University of Utah community who have experienced domestic/interpersonal violence are encouraged to contact the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition or the University Center for Student Wellness. Racist and bias incidents can be reported via the Office for Inclusive Excellence form here.