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NYU Solidarity Week

NYU Solidarity Week creates opportunities for students, faculty, and administrators to deepen their understanding of the experiences of others, and raise awareness of the individual and collective injustices that confront many in our society.

About these Selections

The resources listed below highlight social-justice issues related to COVID-19 and ways to practice solidarity in support of communities that are most vulnerable to the social and health effects of the pandemic.

For health resources related to COVID-19, please see the library's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) guide

Be sure to follow the @nyuogi@nyucmep, and @nyulgbtq social media channels to learn more about ways you can be in solidarity with historically marginalized communities, specifically those impacted by the current context of COVID-19, including but not limited to: People of Color (highlighting anti-Asian / Asian American racism), People with Disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, Low-income communities, and working artists.

News Media and Blogposts

Community Resources

  • Mutual Aid NYC

    Mutual Aid NYC is a network of groups organizing to provide aid and support to New Yorkers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • COVID-19 Mutual Aid

    This page lists mutual aid resources from across the country, which are compiled by It's Going Down, a digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements.


On Wednesday March 25, 2020, Intersectionality Matters teamed up with the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) to premiere a new virtual conversation series entitled “Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that COVID Lays Bare”. On this episode, you’ll hear a condensed version of that conversation, which featured six incredible speakers and drew an audience of 1,300 people over Zoom. Highlights from past webinars can be found on AAPF Facebook page. Also, subscribe to the newsletter(59-minute listen)

  • 'Rona and Racism: A Survival Guide from TRUTH BE TOLD

    Public health emergencies hit differently for people of color. Historical trauma and lack of systemic trust all contribute to deep angst. As both a medical doctor and journalist, Dr. Seema Yasmin answers your questions about living in the time of COVID-19 as a person of color, and offers some validation - "We have the right to feel whatever we feel." (38-minute listen) 

  • When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus from CODE SWITCH

    As international health agencies warn that COVID-19 could become a pandemic, fears over the new coronavirus' spread have activated old, racist suspicions toward Asians and Asian Americans. It's part of a longer history in the United States, in which xenophobia has often been camouflaged as a concern for public health and hygiene. (25-minute listen)

  • A Virus Doesn't Discriminate from CORONAVIRUS: FACT VS. FICTION​

    The coronavirus pandemic has fueled a surge in racism against Asian-Americans around the country. CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta hears from some Americans who've personally experienced racism and talks about why there's no place for hate in our country. (9-minute listen)

  • Pandemics and Prisons from POD SAVE THE PEOPLE

    This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Joseph Lowery’s legacy, class divides in medical care, grocery store supply chains, and Rhode Island’s quarantine enforcement. Then, DeRay sits down with Keri Blakinger from The Marshall Project, to examine the impacts of coronavirus on incarcerated people. (72-minute listen)

  • Prisoners Face Coronavirus from UNCUFFED 

    Disease can spread quickly in prisons. In this special conversation from Uncuffed , the men of Solano Prison share their thoughts on the global coronavirus pandemic, and what it would mean if it came inside. (11-minute listen)

  • COVID-19 and the Prison System: 5 Voices from the Front Lines of Resistance from THE FINAL STRAW

    In this show you’ll hear from: Rebekah Entralgo, who works with the non profit Freedom for Immigrants; Finn, a healthcare worker and member of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR) working in an outbreak epicenter here in North Carolina; Elijah Prioleau who is incarcerated at Waupun Correctional in Wisconsin, where there is a COVID-19 outbreak and they are currently on lockdown; and JM and Nikkita of (among other groups) COVID-19 Mutual Aid in Seattle, which is at the outbreak epicenter in the Pacific Northwest. (63-minute listen)

  • Even Alone, We're Still a Collective from POD SAVE THE PEOPLE

    This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss the coronavirus and its influence on food stamp recipients, abortion clinic closures, thermometer technology, and victims of domestic violence. Then, DeRay sits down with Rep. Maxine Waters to talk about the battles she’s facing in D.C. and her hopes for our national recovery. (63-minute listen)

  • How We Can Navigate the Coronavirus Pandemic with Courage and Hope from TED CONNECTS

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks offers thoughts on how we can navigate the coronavirus pandemic with courage, hope and empathy. With wisdom and clarity, he speaks on leadership, fear, death, hope and how we could use this moment to build a more just world. Watch for a special, impromptu prayer about halfway through the conversation. (65-minute listen) 

  • What Social Solidarity Demands of Us in a Pandemic from THE EZRA KLEIN SHOW

    This conversation with sociologist Eric Klinenberg is about what happens when a country mired in a mythos of individualism collides with a pandemic that demands social solidarity and collective sacrifice. It’s about preventing an epidemic of loneliness and social isolation from overwhelming the most vulnerable among us. We discuss the underlying social trends that predated coronavirus, what kind of leadership it takes to actually bring people together, the irony of asking young people and essential workers to sacrifice for the rest of us, whether there’s an opportunity to build a different kind of society in the aftermath of Covid-19, and much more. (67-minute listen)