McNair Scholars

Covid-19 Protocols and Requirements for Symposium Attendees

Covid-19 conditions can change swiftly, and this website reflects the most current guidelines (edited April 8, 2022). If there are any changes to the Covid-19 protocol at the 2022 GEG Symposium, we will update this website and e-mail all attendees. We thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility as we navigate hosting an in person symposium during these times and enact protocols to protect the health and safety of all guests!

2022 GEG Symposium COVID-19 Policy & Provisions

  • The 2022 GEG Symposium no longer has a mask mandate, nor are attendees required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
    • However, we *strongly* encourage that all conference attendees wear a mask while indoors and/or in outside environments where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, unless actively eating or drinking. We are expecting around 300-350 people at the conference total, inclusive of students, staff, volunteers, and grad recruiters, more than half of whom will be traveling in from across the nation, and there will be limited opportunities to socially distance within conference venues due to space constraints. Given the large number of attendees, especially those that are traveling, and the fact that many of the events will put us in closer proximity to one another, masking is an excellent way to keep the event safe and each other healthy.
  • We encourage all participants to download, enroll in, and use the Washington Notify app. WA Notify is a free tool that works on smartphones to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 without sharing any personal information. It is completely private and doesn’t know who you are or track where you go.
  • Our keynote speeches happen during conference mealtimes. For those who do not wish to eat / take off their mask during the keynote speeches, it will be possible to sit at a table with other guests who do not wish to unmask indoors / in proximity to others and prepare a to-go container to eat elsewhere after the keynote concludes.
  • For those traveling, the federal transportation mask mandate requiring that masks are worn in airports, during air travel, and while on public modes of transportation such as the Light Rail train from SEA-TAC airport and the UW campus remains in place through April 18, the first day of our conference.