As part of the POD Network’s ongoing efforts to make our events inclusive and accessible—and mindful of their impact on our larger communities—we urge all participants in the 2022 Seattle conference to join us in practicing the COVID safety precautions listed below. These policy decisions were developed in alignment with the POD Network’s values of equity and evidence: just as we rely on evidence to guide our work as educational developers and teachers, so too do we draw on up-to-date scientific evidence to enable equitable access to and involvement in the conference.
Returning to an in-person conference may elicit a wide range of feelings and reactions: joy and excitement at the prospect of reuniting with far-flung colleagues and friends, sadness for what we have lost, exhaustion that the pandemic continues, and trepidation for the risks we continue to face. These losses and risks have not been borne equally in our profession or in society as a whole. In acknowledgement of the complex and various impacts of the pandemic, we aim to foster a culture of care for POD conference attendees. Together we can create a safer conference for everyone, including our colleagues (and their loved ones) who are at greater risk of severe outcomes resulting from COVID infection.