RE: COVID-19 ESA Conference Impact

Updated: 3/9/2020

Latest news from the Graduate Center means that this event is now cancelled. Please stay tuned to the website and the ESA Twitter account @ESA_GC for updates as we work to reschedule/modify this event.

Thanks for your support and patience as we develop an accessible response and plan for moving forward.

Dear all:

Writing with an update on COVID-19 and its impact on our upcoming English Student Association Conference Disability is Not A Metaphor: Access and Accessibility. I am immunocompromised due to chronic illness and am closely monitoring updates on the status of COVID-19. Currently, the CDC response is inadequate in considering the needs of sick and disabled people. 

With this in mind, we truly believe this conference and other events like this are especially crucial while the public imagination disregards and dehumanizes sick and disabled people. We want to extend the option to all presenters AND participants to join the conference remotely. If you’re feeling well enough to join us in person, we really want to host you. If you are not, we are working on the best way to include you in the event as fully as possible using video chatting/live streaming technology. This means a lot of work in our final few days before the conference, but your safety and inclusion is our top priority. 

We will continue to update you on all new information we receive, and any changes affecting our conference. In the meantime, we recommend trusting your bodymind. Please write to us with any questions or concerns. 

Jesse Rice-Evans

You can stay informed by visiting the following sites: 

World Health Organization

NYC Public Health

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