The fear and uncertainty that accompanies widespread illness can lead to many reactions. As a university community known for caring about each other, this is a time when we all need to be understanding and compassionate with others. As mask guidelines change, please be considerate of people who choose to continue to wear a mask. They may wear a mask for many different health or personal reasons, and their choice should be respected.
We should also be aware of and avoid broad generalizations and assumptions about China and people from Asian countries. Classifying Asian people as dangerous or sick, or making assumptions about a person’s nationality based on their physical appearance reinforces long-standing histories of xenophobia and racism, whether intentional or not. Please treat all members of our community with respect and empathy.
Members of the UM community may contact to the University Counseling Center for information about mental and emotional support.