COVID-19: SSD Responds

The ongoing public health crisis and the crucial steps taken to stem the spread of COVID-19 among our community are unprecedented. While much is different, the core of who we are and of our mission remains constant. We are a community of scholars – one recognized for the transformation of fields and disciplines throughout our distinguished history – and we continue that tradition during this time.

Although we are not able to gather in person, the rigorous exchange of ideas, the debate and discussion for which this institution is known will continue, true to the founding principles of UChicago even if accomplished in ways that prior generations could not have envisioned.

 

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Divisional Resources

The links below provide connections to resources and initiatives for students, faculty, and staff.

Emerging Research

To catalyze connection and exchange among the many research efforts that have sprung up across the social sciences in response to the pandemic, the Division's Social Sciences Research Center will is supporting emerging faculty research and connecting those efforts with current and emerging funding opportunities.

The SSRC is also providing faculty with a platform to share research plans and ideas with each other. Learn more here.

Thought Leadership

Division faculty are uniquely positioned to make essential contributions to public knowledge. From considerations of public health, to the global economy and political structures, to education, culture and social life, many faculty have highly relevant – and potentially transformative – expertise to share. A new initiative housed in the Social Sciences Research Center facilitates thought leadership among SSD faculty, providing support in writing and placing op-eds based on their research or academic analysis.

Virtual Communities

As we adjust to the remote nature of the Spring Quarter, finding opportunities to engage with one another through creative uses of technology is essential. Doctoral students are encouraged to join accountability groups and Slack writing groups, among other opportunities. Masters students are encouraged to participate in programs offering a range of academic and student life activities.

Addressing Bias

As always, we want to ensure that all members of our community are treated with respect and without bias. University resources to address concerns are available to all, including the Bias Education & Support Team (BEST).

In addition, a recent post by the Association for Asian Studies offers insights and perspective on this time.

Snapshots

Students, faculty, and staff are adapting to the remote nature of the Spring Quarter. In this Snapshots series, members of the Division community offer insights into their experiences of learning, teaching, and working away from campus. Read those posts here.