Dear Banana Slug Community,

The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion wants to thank all of you for your support of one another—students, staff, and faculty—during these unpredictable times. It is amazing to experience how our Banana Slug community is supporting one another in innovative and creative approaches to teaching, learning, and research. More importantly, the manner in which the community has reached out to each other to offer emotional support, share unique ways to achieve self-care, and exchange ideas on how to care for loved ones near and far, has been reassuring. The manner in which we have also experienced co-workers making sure that everyone is aware of resources is illustrative of how we can come together in community.  

Additionally, we want to share our gratitude for our Banana Slug community for practicing equity-mindedness. We work toward inclusive excellence by behaving in a manner that is consistent with our Principles of Community. We are grateful to you for challenging xenophobic comments that appear to blame our Chinese and Asian presenting Banana Slugs for a virus over which none of us have control. We are grateful for your support and understanding of our Banana Slugs who might not be able to leave their residence to visit loved ones. We are grateful for your patience with remote instruction and remote operations. Finally, we are grateful for the care and concern you take when you interact with and engage one another, by communicating your understanding of how COVID-19 does not impact all of us equally nor equitably. 

We will work through this together and will emerge a stronger Banana Slug Community! 

For various resources of support for teaching and learning, please follow these links:


Equity and Inclusion During COVID-19

Inclusion, Equity, and Access While Teaching Remotely

OCR Short Webinar



Secure Zoom Class Meetings


Student Services Updates

Counseling and Psychological Services during COVID-19

Remote Learning Student Resources

Report Hate

Report ZoomBombing Incident