Aggies Think Care Act Call to Action
As a Utah State family, we are committed to the wellbeing of one another. While the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused both fear and anxiety, we believe that we can also use this time to unite in thinking, caring, and acting together as we protect both others and ourselves.
We encourage you to remember USU’s Principles of Community, which state our shared values of diversity, human dignity, and social responsibility:
- We believe in the value of a diverse community inclusive of differences in characteristics such as race, age, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, language, national origin, ability status, political affiliation or ideology, veteran status, and socioeconomic background. We celebrate our differences and similarities and believe that all members of our community have the right to feel respected and to receive equitable treatment.
- We believe that every individual has the right to a sense of safety. Safety is fundamental to inclusion, free expression, and personal health, and wellness.
- We believe that everyone has the right to physical and mental health and wellness. We are committed to helping those in distress, to strengthen interpersonal connections, and to guide students in developing resilience.
- We believe in the community of mutual support. We encourage each member of the community to play an active role in stopping interpersonal violence and harassment, preventing suicide, speaking up against discrimination and harassment, advocating for others, and reaching out to those in need.
We encourage you to practice compassion and empathy toward all members of the Utah State family.
- Be attuned to the struggles of people around you.
- Acknowledge and validate other people’s feelings and experiences, even when they are different from your own.
- Take responsibility when you see any violation of a person’s rights, whether that person is a friend, family member, or stranger.
- Be familiar with signs indicating that an individual is in distress.
We encourage you to remember that all members of the Utah State family are Upstanders. At Utah State University, we do not stand by and allow harm; we step in and speak up.
- Ensure that you are sharing accurate information about COVID-19.
- Speak out against stigmas, whether in person or on social media.
- Follow the guidelines from public health officials to keep yourself and others safe.
- Be cautious about the images you share, and make sure that they do not reinforce stereotypes.
- Thank healthcare workers and responders. They are heroes of our day and deserve our deep appreciation.
- Support those who are in preventative quarantine or have been tested positive of COVID-19.
- Check in with coworkers, friends, relatives, classmates, and students, especially if they seem to be behaving differently than normal. Consider sharing resources about coping with them.
- Remain flexible and patient with those around you.
- Remember that the stress of this pandemic impacts individuals differently, and there is no “right way” to respond.
- Learn about all of the USU resources that are still available.
We hope we can all use this time to take care of ourselves and those around us.
I PLEDGE TO:
- THINK and always remember what it means to be a part of the Utah State Community
- CARE about all USU members
- ACT on behalf of our USU Community
- UNITE in thinking, caring, and acting together as we protect both others and ourselves
Pledges Made: 75