Protect Your Peace

Protect your Peace

During the Spring 2020 semester, students returned from Spring Break tasked to face online learning due to COVID-19. Along with the switch to online learning, faculty and staff transitioned to remote work. As a division, we sought to accompany the university community (faculty, staff, students, alum and the broader Louisville community) and provide online opportunities to engage and stay connected to the resources offered by our units. Utilizing the Instagram Live platform, we created weekly opportunities for internal and external campus stakeholders to build community from March 25th through May 6th. Our engagement outcomes for these interactions are as follows:

  1. Alleviate feelings of isolation for members of the UofL community by providing an online platform where students are able to maintain the familial interactions that are currently present in our Diversity and Equity Centers.
  2. Supporting students’ transition to online learning by providing them with up to date information from the university and our division in a forum type setting that allows for questions and feedback.
  3. Creating opportunities for the UofL community to engage in conversations that supplement social and educational components of cancelled programming from throughout our division.
  4. Continue to provide opportunities for members of the UofL community to develop a sense of belonging at the University of Louisville, which has a direct correlation to their retention and success.

Below you can find details on various episodes and links to the ones available online.


Episode 1: Protect Your Peace

In this episode, Marcos Morales (Program Coordinator for Hispanic and Latinx Initiatives) and Ashleigh Hazley (Assistant Director for the Muhammad Ali Institute) introduced students to ideas surrounding “Protect Your Peace” and provided updates from across campus about the switch to online learning.


Episode 2: The Power of the Pause ft. Dr. Ahmad Washington (UofL, College of Education and Human Development)

This episode provided discussion on how to create effective workspaces at home while also challenging the idea of productivity as it pertains to decolonizing education.


Episode 3: Grieving the Year that was ft. Dr. Kaila Story (UofL, Department of Pan-African Studies & Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies)

In this episode, Dr. Story discussed affirmations for COVID-19 (from the Black Youth Project) and provided supporting examples on how to cope during the pandemic.


Episode 4: Impact of COVID-19 on Marginalized Communities ft. Karina Barillas (La Casita Center, Executive Director)

This episode focused on the both disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color and highlighted issues in how they are represented in the media.


Episode 5: The Importance of Joy and Fun ft. Bláz Bush (UofL, LGBT Center on the Health Sciences Campus)

This episode focused on the importance of joy and connectivity during times of crisis. Additionally, Bláz and the co-hosts shared examples of how to use technology for virtual fun.  


Episode 6: Reflections and Top Five

In this episode, Marcos and Ashleigh reflected on the series and shared their top five sources of joy/inspiration.


Episode 7: Salut to the Class of 2020 ft. Mayor Greg Fischer (Mayor of Louisville), Marian Vasser (UofL, Office of Diversity and Equity), and Katy Garrison (UofL, LGBT Center)

During this final episode, guests shared words celebrating the class of 2020 and discussed the importance of graduation for marginalized communities.




Checkout a few screen shots from our episodes!

Marcos morales and guestPicture of Marcos Morales and Mayor Greg Fishermarcos and ashleigh hazleey