The Office of Public Affairs has launched a project to encourage you – all students, faculty, medical professionals, staff, alumni, friends – to document your personal experiences and stories during the COVID-19 outbreak and contribute them to a digital archive documenting how the WashU community is responding to this historic moment. For now, public affairs will consider sharing these stories through social media, digital communications, and down the road this digital material will be added to the Washington University Archives and become a permanent part of Washington University history.
How to participate
We are all living in a historic moment. Today, we are making sacrifices, showing acts of leadership and finding simple joys. There are many untold stories that need to be documented, remembered and celebrated. Sharing stories is a way we can begin to understand what is happening from an individual perspective. We encourage you to share personal stories about the many WashU people who are out there saving lives, helping to keep us safe, keep us connected or making us smile. It’s a chance for you to give us a glimpse into your life during the pandemic, and a chance for us all to see what it really means to be #WashUTogether.
Please use the form to tell a story by uploading individual photos, videos, works of art and writing which illustrate how the WashU community has responded to the pandemic. Additionally, on social media please consider using the hashtag #WashUtogether.
Ideas of what you can share include (current or past):
- Has your research or work become focused on COVID-19 or a COVID-19-related project?
- Share your experiences with working from home, with distance learning and how you’ve had to adjust your work/academic routines.
- How are you coping in these unique times?
- How are you staying connected?
- Where are you living during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020?
- Did you move off campus suddenly due to COVID-19? What was that experience like, what kind of help did you have? Do you still have personal belongings on campus?
- Did you continue to live on campus after the transition to remote learning and work?
- Are you involved in student organizations, athletics or clubs? How has COVID-19 and campus response affected those?
- How are you caring for others or being cared for?
- Do/did you have a job on or off campus? What kind of work did you do, and how has that been affected by COVID-19?
What we don’t collect
We are not collecting personal health information or personally identifiable information about students, faculty and staff. Please submit what you own or have created.