Connecting in Crisis: COVID-19

As we all continue to find unique ways to move our work forward during the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute for Emerging Issues acknowledges that health and well-being is the top priority. 

We understand the concerns and uncertainty North Carolinians and people across the world may be experiencing right now and we want to do our part to help with the information gathering and sharing. This webpage will showcase some of the great work that is happening across our state and within our communities. 

First in Future Connecting in Crisis

Each Thursday, Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is responding.

Connecting in Crisis Part 4, Who’s not getting the message?: Juvencio Rocha-Peralta (Executive Director, AMEXCAN), Jeanne Tedrow (President and CEO of the NC Center for Nonprofits) and Doug Urland (North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill)

Watch Zoom Video or Listen via Podcast

See more First in Future episodes

Digital Inclusion

As an extension of our work on the ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity Emerging Issues Forum and in response to COVID-19, IEI is creating a digital inclusion resource hub. This resource hub will provide the latest digital inclusion news and will highlight resources, promising practices, policy, and community responses to the digital divide in the wake of COVID-19.

Digital Inclusion Resources


Helpful Resources

Below is a list of resources links to help parents, caregivers, faith leaders, and children during this COVID-19 crisis.

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Haga clic aquí para obtener recursos en español. 


Faith Community Resources

NC State University Response


Official Guidance