March 19, 2020
The news about the coronavirus is evolving and continues to do so daily and sometimes hourly. Mitchell Hamline’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is committed to supporting and building a trusting community for faculty, staff, and students. The uncertainty of this virus has caused a number of reactions including anxiety, fear, concerns about our well-being, the inability to focus, and worries about loved ones or for people in general who are affected. These reactions may contribute to assumptions and/or biases about individuals from other countries. Outbreaks that originated in countries other than the United States have historically fostered biased perspectives about individuals assumed to be from these regions. Anti-Asian xenophobia, making a broad assumption or general characterization based on a person’s race, country of origin, or any other factor has the effect of reinforcing or continuing racism whether or not it was intended. It is not only unacceptable but it is hurtful and can negatively affect us all.
At Mitchell Hamline, we embrace diversity. We depend on both our unique differences and similarities to make us stronger. We recognize the importance of creating a community that supports and welcomes each and every faculty, staff, and student member of our community. We strive to provide an excellent educational and employment experience by practicing inclusivity as we work, educate, and learn from one another. With this commitment, we all need to provide support to one another, and be kind and respectful to all who are part of the Mitchell Hamline community. We need to especially remember that we have members of our community that may be far from home and are without the support of their family or friends.
We invite all members of our community to connect with each other for mutual support. While we are experiencing “social distancing” it is important to remember that this doesn’t mean “support distancing”. Support is critical in any crisis like this.
If you feel you have been harassed, discriminated against, or have concerns about the learning or working environment please contact:
- Mitchell Hamline hate crimes and bias incidents policy and reporting procedure
- Mitchell Hamline non-discrimination and non-harassment policy and reporting procedure
For Faculty and Staff
Login to The Summit and find these policies under Knowledge Base Handbooks/Policies/Notices School-Wide Policies
- Mitchell Hamline School of Law Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy
- Mitchell Hamline School of Law Hate-Crimes and Bias Incidents Policy