"The novel coronavirus has and will continue to hurt many people in this country, and insofar as everyone is at some risk, it will do so free from 'discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.' But over time it will almost certainly play out very differently in the two halves that make up America, because one half is simply far more resilient than the other. We cannot erase inequality, but we can reduce its most dangerous forms. The differential impacts of the coronavirus can be mitigated dramatically through inclusive policies, contextually sensitive interventions, targeted and adequate financial assistance, and acts of kindness and compassion. The skills and knowledge needed in this regard are the backbone of the educational programs we have designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for California, the US, the planet.
We also have created a new web page dedicated to reporting on the impacts of the coronavirus on America’s most vulnerable communities. We invite you to contribute — your views, stories, compelling visuals, evidence-based studies, and to help us identify resources that are available to those in need."
--From a letter by UCI Blum Center Director Richard Matthew discussing the impact of this pandemic on vulnerable communities.