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About the project
Arizona has been one of the epicenters of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As the number of infections and the number of deaths go up and down, marginalized populations remain disproportionately impacted by this public health crisis and are in need of urgent relief.
Addressing this need, the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict has partnered with the the Henry Luce Foundation to advance the ASU/Luce COVID-19 Rapid Relief project. Under the direction of John Carlson and Tracy Fessenden, the project is awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct COVID-19 relief to vulnerable individuals, families, and communities in Arizona.
Grant funding is designed to complement and expand the capacity of regional nonprofit organizations that are focused on providing direct support to marginalized communities, including:
The project also chronicles “Southwest Stories” to raise public awareness about the challenges faced by marginalized groups and the relief organizations that serve them. These stories will report on the impact the pandemic has had on Native Americans, migrants, agricultural workers, and others whose stories aren’t often told in the press.
The project is a partnership with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications and A Journal of the Plague Year (hosted by the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies) to help tell and archive these stories. Through these partnerships, the project will also employ students who have lost jobs and internships and journalists who have lost employment due to the pandemic.