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The Chatham University Archives & Special Collections is launching an institution-wide project to encourage Chatham students, staff, and faculty to document their personal experiences during the coronavirus outbreak and contribute them to the University Archives.
While Chatham’s official response to the pandemic is being collected by University Archives, we recognize the value of collecting and preserving a more holistic record that records personal experiences, reactions, and responses. All members of the campus community are invited and encouraged to participate.
How to participate
All contributions are welcome! Some may choose to write their experience as a poem, while others may choose to write a letter, a statement, or an essay. Some may choose to record a voice memo. Social media posts, photographs, and videos can also be submitted to the collection.
Some may choose to share stories about the transition from campus to a home study/work space and some may focus on the shift to remote learning. Some may highlight how they’ve stayed in contact with friends and family or how they’re marking campus milestones, like commencement, from a distance. Topics like social distancing, volunteer mask-making, and self-quarantine may also be relevant.
The submission process
Be Safe and Help to Combat the Spread of COVID-19
Please heed city, county, and statewide orders regarding efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 while self-documenting. Practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow. Please refer to the CDC website and the Chatham Coronovirus Updates for additional guidance.
Support is available
The pandemic has affected the Chatham community is many ways. Information about support services is available on the Chatham Cornoavirus FAQ page.