College campuses began moving classes online in March, 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) gained a strong foothold in the United States. In May, Andrea L’Hommedieu taught an online 3-week service learning course for UofSC’s Honors College to document the perspectives and experiences of those impacted in a variety of ways by the current global pandemic, using oral history skills to tell the stories.
The ten students in the class each chose one person to interview and those interviews are presented here. Given the need to conduct interviews remotely for the health and safety of all the participants, students interviewed people from many places across the country – Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and New Jersey – by Zoom, Webex, or smart phone.
The interviewees provide diverse perspectives in dentistry, education, accounting, ministry, mechanical engineering, community service, medicine – and hail from the United States, China, Guatemala and India. They are stories of social isolation, resilience, workplace adjustments, online learning, family time, emergency medical services, face shield production, community outreach, and more.
The Resources page offers additional information to those interested in COVID-19, both at the state level in South Carolina and at the national level, as well as links to the University of South Carolina’s ongoing response to the pandemic.