As we return to an in-person environment, some in our community may feel an increased sense of vulnerability and concern for their safety after recent events. We acknowledge the ongoing safety concerns resulting from systemic racism and racial injustice against Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC). Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the media have widely reported a rise in anti-Asian harassment and hate crimes, instances of anti-Semitism, and violence against Latinx, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ+ individuals, among others.
If you are feeling anxious or concerned about your safety in returning to the campus workplace, know that you are not alone. We encourage you to reach out for support and resources offered by the University including Georgetown’s Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) and the University-sponsored Mindset program for confidential counseling support to process emotional needs and coping mechanisms.
In addition, please consult with these safety planning resources:
Members of the Georgetown University community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, or University neighbors, are strongly encouraged to report on-campus incidents, threats or concerns through any one of these University resources:
- Threat Assessment Program
Bias Reporting System
Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA)
Main Campus Faculty Ombuds Office
Office of the Student Ombuds
School of Medicine Office of the Ombudsperson
Safety Guidance for Managers
We encourage supervisors, department, and unit heads to be aware of bias, harassment, and personal safety concerns impacting our staff, faculty, and students returning to campus.
To support our employees, we recommend that you proactively engage in supportive discussions with employees about potential safety concerns regarding returning to work given the current climate. As you begin to have these important conversations with your team members, you may want to consider the following:
- Invite employees to speak with you about safety concerns around returning to campus.
- Contact your HR Client Services Partner for support when talking to employees about returning to campus.
- Share with employees resources for commuting to and from campus.
- Familiarize yourself with reporting options for community members who experience bias or harassment, or to report an on-campus crime or threat and share these resources with employees.
- Request a safety planning session for your team.