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About

Who we are

COVID Safe Campus is a nationwide group of disabled academics and advocates with public health and policy expertise, challenging ableism and fighting for COVID safety in higher education and beyond.

We organize because disabled people like us have been devalued, isolated, and systematically excluded from academia throughout the pandemic.

Insufficient COVID mitigation strategies put our lives at risk. In the absence of meaningful protection, disabled people are not afforded equal educational and employment opportunities.

We advocate for policies that center the most disproportionately impacted members of our communities and we provide mutual aid through mask distribution and peer support.

After advocating for our safety and for our right to education on our own, we founded COVID Safe Campus in January 2022 to allow our community to take action on a larger scale. No one should have to carry the weight of this advocacy by themselves.

Now, we're uniting high risk and disabled academics and advocates across the nation.

Our Mission

COVID Safe Campus' mission is to grow and resource a movement to increase protection against COVID, advocate for disability access, and combat ableism in higher education and beyond.

We work to shift narratives surrounding COVID and conduct public health research centering disability justice and our collective responsibility to care for our communities.

Our Team

Co-founded by Eiryn Griest Schwartzman and Annesley Clark

Executive Director

Eiryn Griest Schwartzman, CHES®

(they/them)

Contact: eiryn@covidsafecampus.org

 

Eiryn is the founding Executive Director of COVID Safe Campus and serves as the organization's lead public health organizer. In this role they use their expertise in health and education policy to lead advocacy initiatives, research, and coalition building efforts for CSC.

 

They are a first year MPH student studying Population and Health Sciences with a concentration in Applied Epidemiology at University of Michigan in the Applied Epidemiology Certificate track. Prior to graduate school they earned a B.A. in Public Health from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Eiryn also holds the credential of Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through NCHEC. They specialize in health and education policy, developing and evaluating health programs, ethical analysis, and building solidarity with disability justice in public health practice.

 

Eiryn is a qualitative researcher primarily focused on social and legal epidemiology, studying the relationships between laws/institutional policies, disability accessibility, and population health and serves as the Lead Investigator of the CSC Research Lab. Outside of CSC, they are a photographer and music enthusiast.

Leadership Team and Steering Committee

Active members of steering committee at large are indicated with a * by their name

Associates

Abigail T.*

(she/her)

 

Abigail is research associate at CSC Lab and program associate with CSC initiatives, serving on the steering committee since summer 2023, and is an alumnus of the campus ambassador program. Abigail is a 3rd year biology student at Northeastern University and interns at a COVID vaccine research lab. Abigail’s expertise and interests include labor justice, mutual aid work, immunology, scientific communication, and virology. Outside of CSC, she is a student athlete and artist.

M.H.*

(she/her)

MH is a program associate at CSC and research associate with CSC Lab. She has served on the steering committee since summer 2023. MH works on communications, graphics, educational materials, research, and program development, following volunteer work for CSC from February 2023 onwards. MH is a senior undergraduate student at a West Coast research university, graduating soon with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. MH's expertise and interests include writing and communications, liberation and justice-oriented politics and political education, data analytics, event producing/organizing, and entertainment/performing arts. 

Affiliates and consultants

Kris Jayme Matas
(they/them)

Kris is a research collaborator and affiliate with CSC Lab and previously served as COVID Safe Campus' Lead Community Organizer from 2022-2023. They are a Masters in Library and Information Sciences student at San Jose State University and recently graduated with a B.S. in Community and Regional Development. Kris is a researcher specializing in public health, disability advocacy, and education accessibility.

Alex M. 

(she/they)

Alex is consultant on the ambassador program and served on the broader CSC Steering Committee from 2023 to 2024. Alex was a member of the inaugural class of a CSC Campus Ambassadors at Northeastern University from 2023-2024, focusing on mask and test distribution as well as policy advocacy. Alex graduated with a Bachelors degree in History, Culture, and Law and organizes in solidarity with campus labor. She is particularly interested in COVID as a labor justice and disability justice issue. They are a firm believer in freely giving people the information and resources they need to stay alive and fight for a better world.

Leadership Alumni

Courtney Bergan (they, them, theirs) - Lead Legal Organizer, 2022-2023

Sara Simon (she/her)  - Steering Committee and CSC Research Lab Member, 2023-2024

Claire Wang (she/her) - Steering Committee Member, 2023; Campus Ambassador Program Alumnus

Olivia Billis (she/her) - Steering Committee and Ambassador Program Assistant, 2023; Campus Ambassador Program Alumnus

Let’s Work Together

For all inquiries related to press, partnerships, and donations please contact our Executive Director at: eiryn@covidsafecampus.org

For general inquiries, campus ambassador applications, volunteering, or questions about our programs, please contact our general email at: covidsafecampus@gmail.com

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