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The COVID-19 pandemic took full force just a few months after The Equity Center hired its first staff members. Although newly created, The Equity Center used its resources to advocate for, and co-create with community partners, an equitable response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Charlottesville's Frontline Workers

Adapting work by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, we used public use microdata to represent the frontline and essential workers based on categories of workers identified in collaboration with community partners and generated a local analysis for our region.
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COVID-19 Shelter in Place Burden

Emphasizing the structures that make social distancing and staying at home easier or more challenging, we created a score based on population density; crowded housing conditions; access to private transportation, broadband, and food; and the presence of children in the absence…

COVID-19 Frontline Workers Charter

The Frontline Workers Fair Treatment Charter was developed as a collaboration between The Equity Center, Network2Work at Piedmont Virginia Community College, and the University of Virginia’s President’s Council which is comprised of Charlottesville community leaders. 
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To Be a Good Neighbor

This document, written at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, responds to the question that Universities must ask: How can we be a good partner in the current pandemic?