Statements

March 23, 2020

The Standing Together Steering Committee of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities offers these reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic:

These are turbulent and anxious times. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended so many of our lives. We have little clarity about the path ahead. And to make matters more challenging, we are also being asked to keep ourselves away from our normal support systems and communities.

We implore our community to stand together in this moment of crisis by:

  • Rejecting bigotry, practicing solidarity with targeted communities (in particular communities of Asian descent), and treating each other with compassion, empathy, respect, and trust. This virus is not of a people, a geography, race, ethnicity, age or social class. We are all in this together.
  • Respecting the advice and guidance of our experts who are working endlessly to minimize the impacts of this crisis. Practice social distancing and follow regulations regarding public gatherings. Stay at home unless absolutely necessary.
  • Being creative in our ways of building community, providing support, and, if relevant, practicing our faith.
  • Supporting those who are most vulnerable, not only to illness, but also to economic displacement. Refrain from hoarding goods and supplies also needed by others in the community, give as generously as possible to local relief efforts and emergency funds, seek out ways to safely volunteer your time and talent, advocate on behalf of those whose lives and livelihoods have been upended by this crisis.
  • Offering words of encouragement and hope. Call or write to those who may be isolated or suffering. Share messages of gratitude, joy, and kindness on social media. Be gentle with one another.

This challenge confronts all of us. By standing together, we will not only overcome it, we will come out the better for it.

March 18, 2020

Effective March 18, 2020, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ State and Hampton Roads Offices will be closed until further notice. All staff members will be working remotely and can be reached directly via email. Staff members will be checking voicemails left at 804-515-7950 on a daily basis.

As noted previously, the Interpreting for Language Justice (March 14-15), Teachable Moments Educator Summit (March 19), and RVA Table Talk (April 2) programs are postponed with new dates to be determined. We are also now postponing the April 1 Standing Together Religious Leaders luncheon. The Tidewater Humanitarian Awards Dinner scheduled for March 25 will now take place on June 15, 2020. We will continue to post schedule updates on social media and our website.

While this moment presents new and unexpected challenges, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities remains committed to our important mission. In particular, we stand with members of the Asian community who have faced increased marginalization and bigoted language. It is going to take ALL of us to get through this crisis, and we call upon leaders to model inclusive practices that do not unfairly or unjustly target others.

We also recognize that this moment amplifies long-standing inequities along lines of race, socio-economic status, and ability status. Even when Virginia is not experiencing an emergency of this kind, it is clear that a person’s identity all-too-often influences their access, opportunity, and outcomes. VCIC is committed to working ever more vigilantly to eliminate these injustices, and we look forward to partnering with all Virginians to advance a more equitable, inclusive, and successful Commonwealth.

March 14, 2020

With a deep commitment to the well-being of our staff members, volunteers, program participants, and partners, and in accordance with the Governor’s request for “non-profits to limit large public events, effective immediately,” the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities will be postponing the following upcoming programs:

  • Interpreting for Social Justice training (March 14-15)
  • Teachable Moments Educator Summit (March 19)
  • Tidewater Humanitarian Awards Dinner (March 25)
  • RVA Table Talk (April 2)

We are communicating directly with registrants and vendors for each of these programs regarding alternate plans. Additionally, VCIC staff members are working to reschedule all contracted program clients through the end of March. Decisions about programs currently scheduled in April and May will be made at a later date.

All of us at VCIC regret any disruption that these schedule changes cause. We look forward to once again supporting schools, businesses, and communities across the Commonwealth to achieve success through inclusion as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.

Cancellations / Rescheduling

The following programs and events are being rescheduled or cancelled as noted:

– Interpreting for Social Justice training (March 14-15) – new dates to be determined

– Teachable Moments Educator Summit (March 19) – new date to be determined

Tidewater Humanitarian Awards Dinner (March 25) – will now take place on June 15

Standing Together Religious Leaders Luncheon (April 1) – cancelled

RVA Table Talk (April 2) – new date to be determined

– AIRVA Meeting (April 6) – cancelled

Tidewater Chapter Meeting (April 6) – will now take place on June 29

– Interpreting for Social Justice training (April 16-17) – new dates to be determined

Lynchburg Humanitarian Awards Dinner (May 28) – will now take place on August 6

Dates and events will be added to this list on a weekly basis.  Additionally, VCIC staff members are working with all contracted program clients to reschedule programs as needed.

FAQs

Yes!  Effective March 18, all staff members are working remotely and can be reached directly via email. Staff members will be checking voicemails left at 804-515-7950 on a daily basis.

The Tidewater Humanitarian Awards Dinner scheduled for March 25 will now take place on June 15. The Lynchburg Humanitarian Awards Dinner scheduled for May 28 will now take place on August 6.  Please contact Katie Hathaway, Events & Communications Manager, with questions.

Absolutely! VCIC has programs on the calendar into 2021, and our staff team would be happy to work with you to schedule a program for your institution.  Click here to request a program 

Contact your VCIC staff liaison to reschedule or cancel your program. There will be no cost for any programs rescheduled or cancelled as a result of COVID-19.  If you do not know your VCIC staff liaison, email contact@inclusiveVA.org.

We are considering such requests on a case-by-case basis. Some VCIC programs can more easily be adapted to an online platform than others, and we want to maintain the quality and integrity of our work.  Contact your VCIC staff liaison to explore this possibility.

Definitely! While this moment presents new and unexpected challenges, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities remains committed to our important mission. In particular, we stand with members of the Asian community who have faced increased marginalization and bigoted language. It is going to take ALL of us to get through this crisis, and we call upon leaders to model inclusive practices that do not unfairly or unjustly target others.

We also recognize that this moment amplifies long-standing inequities along lines of race, socio-economic status, and ability status. Even when Virginia is not experiencing an emergency of this kind, it is clear that a person’s identity all-too-often influences their access, opportunity, and outcomes. VCIC is committed to working ever more vigilantly to eliminate these injustices, and we look forward to partnering with all Virginians to advance a more equitable, inclusive, and successful Commonwealth.

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