It has been more than two months since the CDC and other federal and state health leaders deployed stay-at-home guidelines due the COVID-19 pandemic. As events continue to be canceled or postponed and members of the University of Utah community stay home for work and classes, U leaders want to encourage everyone to keep checking on their peers, colleagues and loved ones with the “Check on your U Crew” campaign.
The Office of the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) launched this campaign in April as they were looking to reach underrepresented students experiencing difficulties created by closures and cancellations. With the expansion of the campaign to the entire university, each month for the rest of the summer, search #CheckonyourUcrew to find pictures, videos and messages of how people across the campus community are checking in on one another during this challenging time. For the month of June, the campaign is focused on the reminder that you are part of your U crew.
“We know it’s difficult to be there for others when we aren’t feeling whole ourselves,” said Mary Ann Villarreal, vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. “It’s important that we are mindful of our own mental, emotional and physical health so we can also show up for others when they need us.”
While offices on campus remain closed, an abundance of resources for students, staff and faculty are still available. For tips on self-care, follow the Women’s Resource Center on Instagram or learn how to practice mindfulness and manage stress with the University Counseling Center—just to name a few. Information on virtual meetups hosted by EDI centers can also be found here.