IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: CHRYSTLE SWAIN, 512.635.2986
MARCH 7, 2020. MARSHALL, TX – We are continuing to closely monitor information concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) and follow the guidance and expertise of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In San Antonio, seven people remain in quarantine in a military base hotel for further isolation due to their close contact with a person later confirmed to have the new virus. A local mall was shuttered and disinfected when that person visited the mall as well as other places. Due to this continuing threat, St. Philip’s College, one of our participating colleges, has restricted all school related travel including their participation in this year’s HBCU Oral History Project.
The City University of New York (CUNY), also one of our participating universities, has also restricted all student travel including their participation in this year’s HBCU Oral History Project due to four people from New York City having been diagnosed with Coronavirus.
A new participating institution, Southern University Shreveport, made a recommendation to postpone since their students would not attend due to virus threats.
U.S. health officials are investigating a possible case of the novel coronavirus after a Texas A&M University student contracted a respiratory illness within two weeks of visiting China.
The City of Houston and Harris County have diagnosed three cases of Coronavirus with another fourteen under observation and quarantine. Texas Southern University is also one of our participating universities and is located in Houston.
As more colleges, universities, and cities across the country grapple with the effects of coronavirus on their cities and campuses, many are canceling major events such as Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) as well as suspending student travel preemptively out of an abundance of caution.
And finally, Wiley College, this year’s host of the HBCU Truth & Reconciliation Oral History Project, has partially suspended student travel and is considering the necessity of a total ban. Closing off its entire campus to outside access as well as moving to an all online class schedule until this situation is contained is also under consideration by Wiley and closing off its campus effectively ends this years Oral History Project.
With these considerations in mind and due to preemptive moves by many cities and some of the universities and colleges in our consortium, and with the possibility of more schools moving to restrictions on student travel as well as the existential threat of the Oral History Project being a potential purveyor of the virus, the risk to the project is too great to bear, and thus, the US-CLO Board and its officers have made the decision to postpone this year’s Oral History Project until Spring 2021 back on Wiley’s campus. We believe it is in the best long-term interests of this project that this postponement be made.
US-CLO would like to thank all our university and college partners for their understanding and participation and look forward to seeing you next year. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
As it is in heaven,
Rev. Steve Miller, M.Div.
Founder & CEO
United States Christian Leadership Organizationwww.usclo.com