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Learn about UMBC’s community-centered approach and share your institution’s unique ideas.

How can universities help during the COVID-19 epidemic?

Let’s learn from each other.

Universities are facing tough challenges.

Let’s tackle them together.

Read about research to combat discrimination related to COVID-19.Read five key facts about hand sanitizer (and why you shouldn’t use vodka).

“There are no easy answers. But the key to being able to have conversations that lead to healing or change or innovation, Hrabowski said, is humility. That’s also central to the kind of culture he wants to keep building on his campus, and which he wants to see in the country at large.”

Share your university’s innovative approach to today’s challenges, —in our own communities and in helping the world tackle COVID-19. 

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"Change requires honesty. Our approach began by looking in the mirror and being honest about strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. We gather data to understand problems and assess potential solutions. We have deep, sometimes difficult conversations about what it would take to fix the problems."

– UMBC President
   Freeman A. Hrabowski, 
   The Atlantic

When COVID-19 came to the U.S., stores rapidly sold out hand sanitizer and worried Americans looked for creative solutions. But is DIY sanitizer safe? Using vodka? Responding to a concerned public, UMBC biologist Jeffrey Gardner answered five top questions about alcohol-based hand sanitizer and how it works.

As the COVID-19 outbreak originating in China has spread to around the world, Chinese-Americans have increasingly faced racism and discrimination. UMBC is leading a research team to study this COVID-19-related discrimination, and how Chinese-American families are coping, capturing data as the crisis unfolds.

An Arizona man died, and his wife was hospitalized, after taking a form of chloroquine, when it was touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19. UMBC's Katherine Seley-Radtke, president-elect of the International Society for Antiviral Research, examines the facts about chloroquine and COVID-19, including strong guidance not to self-medicate with the drug.

Read the facts about chloroquine and COVID-19.

COVID-19 poses unprecedented challenges for the world, including for higher education. With our buildings closed and students learning in social isolation, how can we keep our communities strong? How can we make sure distance learning is truly accessible? And how can we ensure essential research moves forward?

Now is the time to learn from each other, to support each other, and to empower each other.

At UMBC, we know that we are most successful when we look at problems head on, explore every angle, and seek out solutions from all perspectives. Learn how UMBC creates a campus culture of inclusive excellence to help solve challenges—in our own communities and in helping the world tackle COVID-19. Then, share your university’s approach with #EmpoweredUni.