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Engagement Opportunities

COVID-19 Volunteer Program


Join the COVID-19 Volunteer Program

Join our coalition of willing faculty, staff, and students helping to support our leaders and frontline workers responding to our communities' needs.

Sign up by joining the University COVID Action Network.

Or add your Resource Group (e.g., project, center, department) to the University COVID Action Network.


Make a Request to the COVID-19 Program

Make a request for response, recovery, or resilience efforts from the University COVID Action Network.

Fill out our University COVID Action Network request form.

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Currently, over 300 faculty, staff, and students at the University have joined a grass roots effort to support frontline workers at the University. So far, our efforts include creating new audience-specific educational materials and aligning our efforts to response, recovery, and resilience efforts across the University system.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Medical Reserve Corps

The University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program is part of a national initiative to mobilize and coordinate volunteers at the local level to assist in the event of a public health crisis or large scale disaster. The MRC program provides a structure to pre- identify, train, credential and organize medical and public health professionals, as well as non-clinical personnel to supplement and support health emergency response systems. At the U of M any student, faculty, or staff member in the Health Sciences, Boynton Health, or mental health professional in Student Counseling Services is welcome to join the program.

Find out more about the Medical Reserve Corps.

MN COVIDsitters

This ad-hoc volunteer group is a student-run team from Twin Cities colleges and universities. They support local healthcare workers by offering free childcare, petsitting, and household management services. Their team provides services to healthcare workers — anyone from resident physicians to the remarkable humans who work to keep our hospitals clean. Their goal is to help offset the impact of school closures and increased work demands on healthcare workers, and they hope other healthcare students will take the initiative to work within their communities to develop similar services for local care team members, too.

Find out more about MN COVIDsitters.


Events Related to COVID-19 at the University of Minnesota

Friday, April 17, 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Office for Public Engagement
RSVP by close of business April 15 to receive the ZOOM call-in link.

Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Office for Public Engagement
RSVP by close of business April 20 to receive the ZOOM call-in link.


Faculty Engagement Opportunities

Course Proposals for Understanding and Responding to Pandemics

In this uncertain and tumultuous time, we all seek understanding. This is especially true among our students, many of whom are attempting to engage in sense-making about the situation in which we find ourselves.

In response, the University of Minnesota is launching a curriculum in summer 2020 for students who are interested in studying topics related to our current situation. We have some existing courses that could be taught over the summer to contribute to this curriculum and there is also opportunity for new courses to be offered.

Courses don’t need to be about COVID-19 specifically. We have heard about course ideas rooted in science, policy, history, psychology, economics, and more. All these, and more, are welcome. IT and Instructional Design resources will be available to help you move from idea to implementation quickly.

If you are interested in teaching a pandemic-related course, please reach out to your Chair/Head or Dean to suggest it for inclusion. With their support, you may work with your department to schedule your existing course or, for new courses, to create a topics course in ECAS (Electronic Course Authorization System.). Then, submit this Google Form by May 1 in order to be successfully implemented for one of the Summer terms.