History Department Resources for COVID-19

In this time of extraordinary challenges, the History Department is committed to caring for our community of faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and staff are working hard to provide an excellent education to our undergraduate and graduate students. As a group, we believe as strongly as ever in the value of historical knowledge and perspective. Please reach out to us and each other for help in these difficult times.

With the suspension of in-person instruction for the spring semester, we have had to cancel talks and events sponsored by the department. We will be working to reschedule these when it becomes possible to do so.

Below, we have compiled a list of resources that may be useful. This document will be updated as we get new information, but shouldn’t be assumed to be up-to-the-minute.

UW-Madison COVID-19 Resources

General Information:  https://covid19.wisc.edu/

General Information for Undergraduate Students:

General Information for Graduate Students:


Undergraduate History Advising: 

During the COVID-19 emergency, all Undergraduate History Advising will be done by distance.  We’re not in the Humanities Building right now, but we can still be a resource for your academic and career concerns.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

History majors and prospective students can set up appointments through the History Starfish page or by emailing Scott Burkhardt or Christina Matta directly.  You can also make appointments with our Peer Advisors, Mingcong Bai and Aly Long, through our Starfish page.

General Career and Academic Advising: https://advising.wisc.edu/covid-19/


For our graduate students with defenses – second-year review, prelims, prospectus, dissertation – scheduled, those will now happen virtually. The grad team is currently working to find the best online platform.

Commencement has been canceled by the university. The Department of History will reschedule its Spring 2020 grad celebrations to either December 2020 or May 2021.

As a TA/PA/Lecturer:

Technology issues (for you and your students):

  • DoIT Help Desk: help@doit.wisc.edu and 608-264-4357, 7am-11pm, daily
  • Updates on tech outages: outages.doit.wisc.edu

Pedagogical needs: instructionalcontinuity@provost.wisc.edu

Building or classroom access issues for instructional needs:

  • As of March 24, building access on campus is for essential personnel only. People in university buildings are required to display their university ID in plain sight, or produce it on request.

Employee Work Leave Policy for COVID-19: https://kb.wisc.edu/ohr/policies/page.php?id=98958


TAA Mutual Fund


Food Resources:


Mental Health:

  • UHS services are still available by phone, online.
    Medical Services continues to conduct phone calls to discuss health concerns, including concerns about sexually transmitted infections, telehealth contraception, and emergency appointments related to sexual assault, or to make arrangements for care if needed. Call 608-265-5600 to speak with a provider.Mental Health Services is still available during reduced campus operations. Many appointments have been moved to telehealth. All students with an appointment from March 23 to April 10 will be contacted by a provider to plan for treatment needs during reduced campus operations. At this time, drop-in consultations and web booking are not available. To make an appointment, call 608-265-5600 (option 2).

    *If you are sick, stay home until you are symptom free for 72 hours. If you need medical attention, contact UHS or another health care provider before going to a health care facility. For more information, visit covid19.wisc.edu/health.

  • Crisis line, SilverCloud available 24/7.
    The UHS mental health crisis line (608-265-5600, option 9) and SilverCloud remain available 24/7. SilverCloud is an online, self-guided resource designed to help students manage day-to-day stresses and improve resilience. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also has information about Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty.
  • Information for students outside of Madison
    The information on UHS services above is applicable to all students regardless of location. In addition, SHIP (the Student Health Insurance Plan) insurance covers many out-of-area providers, and is still active/available for students who have purchased that coverage. Additionally, for students with different insurance plans or no insurance, UHS care managers can help them identify providers in their current location through phone care management sessions

Other mental health resources:

  • Healthy Minds Innovations recently launched a well-being app, called the Healthy Minds Program, that is now freely available to individuals in light of the COVID-19 crisis.
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) has published an extensive COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
  • Crisis Text Line is helpful for panic attacks and other emotionally intense moments. Text HOME to 741741; a bot will provide you with their terms of service and put you on a waitlist to text with a real person. Wait times may be long due to current anxiety/panic about COVID-19.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.

Additional Mental Health Resources for Employees: