Kaleidoscope 2021 is a hybrid conference that accommodates virtual and in-person participation. For panelists, keynotes, moderators and participants who plan to attend in person, this section is a quick guide to the conference’s Covid-19 policy and to resources.
First and foremost, if you are feeling any symptoms, please respect your health and the health of our attendees and do not attend. A list of symptoms may be found here: https://bit.ly/3CEFMCK. If you would like to be tested while in Madison, there are a number of testing sites, which you can find here: https://bit.ly/3kH3U1m.
In Dane County, 73% of residents have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. At UW-Madison, upwards of 88% of students and 93% of employees have been vaccinated. Positive cases of Covid-19 have increased since the start of the semester, but appear to be declining. These rates can be tracked at the University’s Covid Dashboard: https://bit.ly/3kKpthH.
UW–Madison has been observing a masking policy since August, which you can access here: https://bit.ly/3kJlwtG. There is also a city-wide mask mandate in effect until October 8, which you can read about here: https://bit.ly/39KQYRD. In accordance with University and City policy, please wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be removed while actively eating and drinking but should be promptly put back on when finished. Masks are not required in outdoor spaces like the Terrace, but may be worn if you wish.
When arriving, you will need a mask to enter Memorial Union. If you do not have a mask, there should be some available at every entrance. Once at the conference extra masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes will be available. The Multicultural Greek Council Room is 1214 square feet and has a capacity of 100 people. As many panelists are presenting virtually, we do not expect there to be more than thirty people in the room at any moment.
Within the mask mandate, we encourage you to use the space in a way that makes you feel comfortable. If this means taking some food and going to the outdoor terrace during break time, go for it! If this means missing a panel so you can take a more leisurely outdoor break, go for it!