The researchers are working with administrators to develop a response plan.
During the virtual event, Dr. John Hart spoke about the mass incarceration system in the United States, saying it disproportionately affects members of Black and brown communities.
Speakers addressed the science and perceptions behind the virus.
They received a grant of more than $1 million to assist in the project.
Some pitched tents to wait Thursday night, through the rain, to be treated on Friday.
The program is set to begin next fall.
The University Senate is set to vote on the proposal next month.