Public Health emergencies like the COVID-19 outbreak can result intense fear and anxiety that leads to significant social stigma.
Those Who May Experience Stigma
- Persons of Asian descent
- People who have traveled
- Emergency responders or healthcare professionals
- Individuals in self-isolation
- People who have tested positive and are currently recovering or have recovered.
Individuals may face rejection and emotional isolation, be denied essental needs, or even experience physical violence. This kind of stigma has no place in an inclusive community like USU.
How to Reduce Stigma
- Share accurate information about COVID-19.
- Speak out against stigma on social media.
- Be cautious about the images you share. Make sure they do not reinforce stereotypes.
- Thank healthcare workers and responders. They are the heros of our day and deserve our deep appreciation.
- Support those who have returned from China or are worried about friends or relatives in the affected region.
Bias and Xenophobia
As an Aggie Family, we look out for one another. The outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted an uptick of racist comments and behaviors directed towards people of Asian descent. Intense fear of this infectious illness coupled with a lack of credible information creates an environment for bias and xenophobia to take shape. It is critical that we stay grounded in facts taken from trusted sources. Let’s check and challenge such biases in all of our interactions, whether in person or on social media.
If you experience or witness an incident of bias, please contact the USU Inclusion Center.
USU Inclusion Center