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AAU Presidents and Chancellors Call for Unity Amid Efforts to Battle COVID-19 Pandemic

Following is a statement by the Association of American Universities member Presidents and Chancellors on the extraordinary measures America’s leading research universities are taking to address COVID-19.

Amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, our universities are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and communities as we continue our front-line work to fight the virus through leading-edge research and medical treatment. As we undertake this critical work, we do so as communities committed to inclusion and belonging, drawing on the knowledge and strength of individuals from across our nation and the world. Now is the time for all of us to come together to support each other. Viruses have no nationality, no religion, no ethnicity, and no gender. As the leaders of America’s leading research universities, we ask all Americans to support each other as we deploy every tool at our disposal to protect our communities and fight this disease.

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Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities is composed of America’s leading research universities. AAU’s 65 research universities transform lives through education, research, and innovation.

Our member universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for research that improves public health, seeks to address national challenges, and contributes significantly to our economic strength, while educating and training tomorrow’s visionary leaders and innovators.

AAU member universities collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education; and strengthen the contributions of leading research universities to American society.

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