Wolf Pack Community Howl: COVID-19 and Keeping Our Communities Healthy

In dealing with COVID-19, we’ve gone from remote work to mask mandates to vaccines and other measures in-between. COVID-19 and its impacts on public health is a “wicked problem:” one that is complex with no easy answers that has left us all wondering what are the best solutions with the trade-offs each solution presents. Join us in the Community Howl: COVID-19 and Keeping Our Communities Healthy to deliberate and discuss our options as we continue to address COVID-19’s impact on our communities.   

The Howls are for YOU to voice your own opinions, experiences, and interests related to the topic while also being open to listen to other perspectives from your peers—no advanced research or expertise required!  It’s a chance for interested faculty, students, and staff members to have a deliberative discussion (small group structured conversation with a facilitator) about issues that impact our community.  It is not a debate—we aren’t looking for winning sides or partisan talking points. We are looking to create experiences of dialogue and bringing perspectives together in one place.  

In this deliberation, we’ll discuss actions related to prioritizing individual choice, prioritizing vaccination, or prioritizing protecting vulnerable populations.  What are the benefits and trade-offs of actions such as mask mandates, contact tracing, or vaccine mandates for different groups?  In thinking about different ways to approach the problem, we will consider such questions as: 

  • How much should we change our lives to adapt to the virus? 
  • What responsibilities does each of us have to our neighbors? 
  • How should we weigh the community’s health against the need for more people to go back to work? 

Students from COM 468: Facilitating Difficult Discussions will be facilitating small group discussions for this event—so bring your thoughts and willingness to gain new understanding of this complex issue!  

Contact for More Information:  Amy Pason (apason@unr.edu), Department of Communication Studies 

Monday, October 18 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Joe Crowley Student Union, Ballroom C
1500 North Virginia Street