We're taking a pause on the short stories for this week.
After a year of the world dealing with COVID, commentators and researchers have noted how the pandemic revealed or exacerbated the vulnerability of African Americans in terms of health, in the workforce, in primary and secondary schools, and in neighborhoods and homes.
Ok, but let’s now consider how the pandemic has affected college students, especially SIUE students.
What’s one notable way that the pandemic revealed or exacerbated challenges concerning African Americans at SIUE? Or, what's one notable way that the pandemic revealed or exacerbated challenges that you face at SIUE as an African American or student of color?Some Examples:
• As a black student, this pandemic has made it even harder for me to connect with other black students for study groups or other activities. Connecting virtually is an option, but it's not enough. --K. T.• I participated in a science conference for minorities, and it had to take place online. It was still fun, but I prefer to go the actual event itself with my classmates. –Y. H.• The pandemic has made it harder to afford to continue to go to university. Many people are out of work so some students may have had to drop out to help at home, or ease the financial strain on their families. --L. H.