Personal Stories From the Pandemic

How the crisis is affecting eight learners and their education and work plans.

A growing mountain of evidence shows that COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on Latino, Black, Native American and lower-income people. People in these groups are more likely to have lost jobs, pay, family members or their own lives due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, millions of college students had their campus experiences cut short this year, and are facing uncertainty about how and if they can return to college. Preliminary data suggest students from low-income, first-generation-college and minority backgrounds may leave higher education. And surveys, including polling data from the Strada Education Network, show high anxiety among Americans about college and the job market, particularly among first-generation students without the safety nets enjoyed by their wealthy peers.

Inside Higher Ed recently reached out to a wide range of nonprofit organizations that work with students from underserved backgrounds to get snapshots of how people were coping last month. Read the stories of eight learners in this blog.

By Alicia Hibbard
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