The coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19, has been one of the most dynamic changes to humanity concerning a threat to global public health (Walsh, 2020). During this time, stay-at-home orders were issued, forcing campuses to be abandoned or are perceived ghost towns, and many employees were granted with the ability to work remotely from their homes. During this time, we became more physically separated than ever; however, we were never that far apart. Seemingly higher education became even closer than we were before. Individuals from all around the globe found ways to share resources, identify what their institution was doing to find ways to engage and educate students socially. Webinars and workshops were created to identify ways in which we can persevere through this storm and reiterated that no matter the cost, we are always together.
If we have learned anything amid this pandemic, it is that uniting together makes us much more durable than we are apart. We look to the coming semesters, not knowing what higher education is going to resemble moving forward. We do not know of the number of students who will return or start their college careers with us in the coming semesters. However, what we do know is that we are strong, and we will persevere through this tragedy. Surrounded by friends and colleagues, we can find ways to come together to weather the storm. Finding ways amongst the struggle to strengthen the profession is what we do. Silos will no longer be able to stand; collaboration is what is necessary to continue building the foundation for which we stand.
Encouraging stories is something that has strengthened the axiom for this blog post. Below I am sharing the following link to support you during this time, and to be reminded, we may be separated, but we are always together!
Some Good News with John Krasinski https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOe_y6KKvS3PdIfb9q9pGug/videos
Walsh, B. (2020, March 25). Covid-19: The history of pandemics. BBC Future. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200325-covid-19-the-history-of-pandemics