The impact of COVID-19 has been felt acutely in communities across the nation, and our Stanford community is no exception. The University's physical distancing policies, put in place before shelter-in-place was enacted, demonstrated Stanford's commitments to public health and the physical health of its students and employees. The challenge all Stanford units face moving forward is adapting their programs to a virtual environment, and maintaining social ties between faculty, students, and staff.
IRiSS is tackling these challenges head-on. The IRiSS Secure Data Center will provide online training for social scientists and public health scholars to access microdata held by the National Center for Health Statistics. IRiSS will tap into Advisory Board funding to launch COVID-19 related studies. Conferences, such as the upcoming Educational Data Science conference, are exploring new, innovative formats to enhance virtual participation and online learning. The Center for American Democracy will host online workshops for the graduate students it supports. In summary, IRiSS faculty, graduate students, and staff are finding new ways to collaborate effectively from a distance, fostering a supportive environment which encourages both professional and emotional support amongst colleagues.
Even as we face unprecedented challenges, IRiSS maintains its commitment to supporting the Stanford social sciences and producing impactful, world-class research. We invite you to follow our journey by regularly checking our website and signing up for our newsletter.
Stanford IRiSS Executive Director