This document, written at the beginning of the Covid 19 crisis, responds to the question that Universities must ask. How can we be a good partner in the current pandemic? Under the leadership of the Equity Center, a collective of University of Virginia faculty and staff collaborated with key community partners to co-create a series of ideas and proposals to lead the University towards acting as a local anchor in fighting the coming crisis, and in our community’s collective recovery in the months to come. Conceived and written over a period of three days, we prioritized the goal of providing a prompt response over providing a perfect one. There can be no perfect response. We also offer our assistance as the University works in partnership with our community leaders. And we recognize that this crisis moves exponentially, which means suggestions must truly imply flexibility.
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