The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting each and every one of us. Please see below for information on how you can help support our community during this time.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Monroe County Department of Health recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The United Way of Greater Rochester is calling for help making 50,000 homemade face coverings for nonprofits throughout our region. Here's how:
Follow the instructions in SUNY Brockport’s video tutorial and make as many face coverings/masks as you can.
Make sure you and your family have enough face coverings/masks to meet your needs.
Donate extra face coverings/masks to the United Way Mask Making initiative, by dropping them off at:
SUNY Brockport’s Allen Administration Building (located on New Campus Drive across from SERC), Monday – Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
Each face covering should be dropped off in a pastic resealable bag.
Post photos of you making your face coverings/masks, your finished products, and/or you making the donation to social media using the #MaskMakers and #BPortFlattensTheCurve hashtags.
A Note on Racial Profiling/Discrimination
As a community, we are committed to the health and safety of all members. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance that all US residents and citizens should wear “cloth face coverings” outside to curb the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in unintended fears and concerns about racial profiling in communities of color. The nation has seen a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and, most recently, Black/African American males across the country who are wearing face coverings have experienced racial profiling and have been treated with suspicion when they observe CDC face covering/masks guidelines.
At Brockport, we believe that all members of our community should be treated fairly—free from racial profiling and discrimination. More specifically, individuals wearing face coverings or masks should be not racially targeted or made to feel unwelcomed.
As members of our community, we have a personal obligation to flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, each member also has a responsibility not to engage in discriminatory behavior that will put our community at risk and prolong an already stressful experience. Please join us in not only flattening the curve, but also in ensuring an environment where all are welcome and respected.
Below is a list of articles on Racial Profiling and Discrimination that addresses the concerns and fears on the challenges that comes with wearing a mask for people of color:
- NBC News: People of color fear homemade masks could exacerbate racial profiling
- Healthline: Does wearing a mask prevent the flu?
- The New York Times: Black Americans face alarming rates of coronavirus infection in some states.
- Urban Institute: Confronting racism and supporting Asian American communities in the wake of COVID-19.