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The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for us all. Each of us shares a collective responsibility to ‘flatten the curve’, protect public health and to support those more negatively affected than ourselves.

As of Monday March 16, the SFU Public Square team has been working from home. And we will not be hosting any in-person events until it is safe to do.

Which leads us to a few core questions: How can we affect community engagement at a time of physical distancing and isolation? And how can we best serve our communities in this time of need?

Let us know what you think and how we can help.

For now, we thought the most useful thing would be to collect and share links to some of the amazing online communities and resources we have found to offer support and inspire connection. This list is a living document and will grow with time.

Please send us anything you think we should add, and let us know how we can be helpful to you and your community. Email us at publicsq_events@sfu.ca or send us a direct message on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

And while our Overcoming Inequality Community Summit is postponed, we remain committed to sharing resources that spark conversations around the topics of inequality and equity, which are extremely relevant to understanding more about who is most affected by this pandemic and how we as individuals and as a society must respond.

RESOURCES

CONNECTION, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE

Stay connected, healthy and entertained in a COVID-19 world with local businesses offering delivery services, mental health and wellness resources, websites to access free books and movies, and more.

RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

A compilation of available government benefits and grassroots supports for vulnerable populations, small businesses, higher education, journalists, researchers and more.

WORK

As many of us continue to work from home, here are some resources and tips that can help in navigating a virtual working environment and hosting online events.

FAMILY

Resources for families and parents, including links to educational podcasts and shows for children.

EXPERTS AND INFORMATION

Expert advice and readings related to COVID-19 and the impact it is having on our world.

OTHER RESOURCE COLLECTIONS

Links to other useful resources collected by organizations such as the SFU Morris J. Work Centre for Dialogue, Vancity Credit Union, the Mental Health Commission of Canada and more.

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