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These variables affect whether you live, die or get help during the pandemic

August 20: As the US continues to grapple with the dual crises of coronavirus and racism, two things have become clear: People of color are being hit hardest by the virus, and systemic inequities are largely to blame.

Government backs down on international student policy

July 14: Agreement to rescind policy to prohibit international students in the U.S. from taking a fully online course load was made to resolve lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT.

Reopening campuses, racial disparities

July 8: As the Trump administration pushes for colleges and schools to reopen, Congress heard a call to do so without worsening the pandemic's racial impacts.

International students banned from online-only instruction

July 7: The new Department of Homeland Security rule prohibits international students from returning to or remaining in the United States if their colleges adopt an online-only instruction model for the fall.

Many Latinos couldn’t stay home. Now virus cases are soaring in their communities.

June 26: Infections among Latinos have far outpaced the rest of the nation, a testament to the makeup of the nation’s essential work force as the American epidemic has surged yet again in the last couple of weeks.

People of color account for majority of coronavirus infections, new CDC study says

June 16: The findings provide additional confirmation that, as the CDC’s own report says, black and brown communities have been “disproportionately affected” by the pandemic. 

Why racism, not race, is a risk factor for dying of COVID-19

June 12: Public health specialist and physician Camara Phyllis Jones talks about ways that jobs, communities and health care leave Black Americans more exposed and less protected.

The COVID Racial Data Tracker

May 22: COVID-19 is affecting people of color the most. The COVID Racial Data Tracker is gathering the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States, tracking the data in real time.

2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows

May 12: The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program provides support for high-caliber scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences that addresses important and enduring issues confronting our society. This year's fellows include Amy Erica Smith, Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Professor and associate professor of political science at Iowa State University.

Pandemic means Americans with disabilities aren’t getting the services they need

May 11: For more than 60 million Americans with disabilities, the rapid spread of COVID-19 is especially dangerous. Many live in long-term care facilities, and they are twice as likely to experience poverty as those without disability. 

Racism and xenophobia in the age of COVID-19

May 11: Between February 7 and March 9, the number of articles linking COVID-19 and discrimination increased by 50 percent. Five California State University faculty members share tips on how to be part of the solution.

Sheryl Sandberg: The coronavirus pandemic is creating a ‘double double shift’ for women. Employers must help

May 7: Before the coronavirus crisis hit in the U.S., many women already worked a “double shift,” doing their jobs, then responsible for the majority of childcare and domestic work. Now, homeschooling kids and caring for relatives during the pandemic is pushing women to the breaking point.

For Latinos and COVID-19, doctors are seeing an alarming disparity

May 7: The coronavirus is striking newer, less established Latino communities — like several in Oregon, Iowa and Washington — with particular force. In Iowa, for example, Latinos make up 6 percent of the population but more than 20 percent of reported coronavirus cases

Blacks and Hispanics are almost twice as likely as whites to have lost their jobs amid pandemic, poll finds

May 6: The poll finds that 20 percent of Hispanic adults and 16 percent of blacks report being laid off or furloughed since the outbreak began in the United States, compared with 11 percent of whites and 12 percent of workers of other races.

Iowa State University Library documents and preserves firsthand accounts of Iowans impacted by COVID-19

May 6: This Iowa State University Library project seeks to document the experiences of communities of color that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and/or have experienced harassment and stigmatization.

10 steps to save Native Americans from COVID-19 catastrophe

May 6: The pandemic ravaging some Native American communities has echoes that go back centuries - to the measles and smallpox epidemics that first decimated the original Americans. This time, however, rapid action can avert a catastrophe.

Low-income students top presidents' COVID-19 worry list

April 27: New Inside Higher Ed survey of college leaders' perspectives on the impact of the coronavirus reveals deep concern about impact on neediest students, uncertainty about the future and signs that some recent changes may stick. 

COVID-19: The gay, the homeless, the gay and homeless

April 25: The homeless have a unique set of challenges when it comes to protecting themselves from COVID-19. Furthermore, there are some people groups that are over-represented in the homeless population, LGBT youth and young people among them.

Job uncertainty looms larger for people of color

April 23: An ongoing survey shows that people of color have been disproportionately affected by the economic effects of the pandemic, and large numbers say they would need more education if laid off.

No emergency aid for DACA students

April 22: Undocumented students dealing with campus closures are not eligible for emergency stimulus grants, the Education Department said.

Most college students will not receive stimulus checks

April 21: College students are ineligible for the stimulus checks if they can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s federal income tax return. The eligibility criteria are based on whether the student is claimable as a dependent, not whether they are claimed as a dependent.

Second open letter on COVID-19 focuses on nondiscrimination, data collection, and economic harm for LGBTQ communities

April 21: A second open letter from GLMA called for action to protect LGBTQ patients from discrimination, to include sexual orientation and gender identity in data collection efforts related to the pandemic, and to address the economic harm to LGBTQ communities from the pandemic. 

Navajo nation has lost more lives to COVID-19 than 13 states combined

April 20: The Navajo Nation is facing a unique set of challenges amid the coronavirus outbreak that has reportedly led to a death toll higher than that of 13 different states.

Senators urge anti-bias police training over mask fears

April 17: Lawmakers want police departments to be vigilant about any racially biased policing during the coronavirus pandemic, as people in communities of color express fears of being profiled while wearing masks or other face coverings in public.

Still in limbo?

April 14: The coronavirus response bill gives colleges the latitude to decide which students receive aid. So are DACA recipients eligible?

The coronavirus disproportionately affects Black Americans

April 13: New York Times investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on the structural disadvantages Black communities face in the time of a global pandemic.

Federal stimulus funds are coming soon for higher education

April 10: The Education Department is beginning to disperse the $14 billion set aside for higher education in the stimulus package passed by Congress two weeks ago, beginning with $6 billion in funds for institutions to give students through emergency grants.

Retaining high-risk students amid the coronavirus

April 8: Higher education needs a national coalition to tackle two goals: keeping and recruiting students, especially those at risk, and building a digital infrastructure for the long haul.

Women are losing more jobs in coronavirus shutdowns

April 8: The Labor Department says more than 700,000 jobs were eliminated in the first wave of pandemic layoffs last month. Nearly 60% of those jobs were held by women.

College made them feel equal. The virus exposed how unequal their lives are.

April 4: When they were all in the same dorms and eating the same dining hall food, the disparities in students’ backgrounds weren’t as clear as they are over video chat.

Scholars v. COVID-19 Racism

April 2: Scholars with expertise in Asian American studies, public health and other fields have a new urgent agenda for their teaching, research and outreach: confronting coronavirus-related racism.

The coronavirus is a disaster for feminism: Pandemics affect men and women differently. 

March 19: When people try to be cheerful about social distancing and working from home, noting that William Shakespeare and Isaac Newton did some of their best work while England was ravaged by the plague, there is an obvious response: Neither of them had child-care responsibilities.

Distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic: Equity and access questions for school leaders

March 17: The coronavirus pandemic is revealing new layers of inequity. How can school systems that struggle to deliver equitable results in a standard brick and mortar setting overcome the added challenges inherent in distance learning?

Open letter about COVID-19 and LGBTQ+ communities 

March 11: GLMA and over 100 LGBTQ and ally organizations released an open letter on COVID-19 and LGBTQ+ communities. The letter calls on public health officials and the media to ensure LGBTQ communities are part of the public health response and communications related to the coronavirus.