ODI response to COVID-19

ODI response to COVID-19

Like a family pulling together during a tough time, we are leaning on each other for support as we chart the best path forward in handling this coronavirus outbreak. With a goal of reducing the potential spread of the virus while continuing our mission, the university has recently announced plans to extend spring break, move classes online and close most university housing. We are here to support you as we all work through these changes.

Meanwhile, in an effort to keep our community safe and following university coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols on teleworking, all ODI staff will work remotely during the week of Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 6, 2020. Please understand that ODI will be still working and open for business on your behalf and that Hale Hall and the Hale Center will be open and staffed throughout the week.

As part of efforts to maintain the health and well-being of the community, Hale Hall/the Hale Cultural Center will be temporarily closed, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until Monday, April 6, 2020.

During that time period, the best way to reach any ODI staff member will be through email. Please note that individual units within ODI will be in touch via email with additional information for students in their units.

In addition to ODI staff working from home, in keeping with university COVID-19 protocols, all ODI events through at least March 31, 2020 have been canceled or postponed. Several ODI events in April and May also have been canceled or postponed. Please check the ODI website and calendar (https://odi.osu.edu/) for the latest information.

As you know, beginning Monday, March 23, instruction will be virtual for the remainder of spring semester. Further resources for students are available at the Ohio State Keep Learning website (https://keeplearning.osu.edu/).

The university also will be facilitating a process for students to move out of the residence halls, and information is available at go.osu.edu/2020moveout. To facilitate these changes, Ohio State is extending spring break for one week through Sunday, March 22.

This is an extraordinary moment for all of us, but we remain rock-solid in our unwavering commitment to assisting you in any way that we can. This is a time to practice self-care while helping those in your community and family who may need assistance in the coming weeks. Please see additional information in the navigational sidebar to the right.

Rest assured, we will continue to keep you informed of any new adjustments to our plan to combat the coronavirus. We appreciate your understanding as we do our very best to keep our community healthy and safe.

James L. Moore III, PhD
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Executive Director, Bell National Resource Center
Distinguished Professor of Urban Education
College of Education and Human Ecology

For Hale Center Constituents

The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center will cancel all events and activities in the Hale Center through April 20, 2020. We greatly value each and every one of our clients, but because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and The Ohio State University's proactive measures to assure everyone's health, we are suspending all activities immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Updates will be communicated to our listserv, and we will also keep you updated on our website. It is our hope that your programming can be rescheduled at a later date.

The Hale Center will remain staffed and responsive to all communications.

Thank you for your understanding as we monitor the situation and work to keep our Buckeye family safe.