The Salem Academy and College Archives is initiating a project to solicit documents as we attempt to record accurately the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Salem community – students, faculty, and staff.
We are interested in your stories about the shift to remote instruction and learning, studying and working from home, working off-campus jobs, the impact of closing residence halls and changing campus services and events, the ways you and your friends and family are staying in touch during this period of social distancing and self-quarantine, and, for “essential employees,” how your job has been affected as a result of an almost empty campus.
The method you select to record your thoughts, feelings, and experiences during this time is up to you. Submissions may include the following:
Need some help with how to capture your experience? We have created this short questionnaire to help you start your story. Personal Reflections of COVID-19 (PDF). Fill in any or all of the questions, save it and upload it along with any other items you would like to submit.
Please comply with county and state stay-at-home orders while self-documenting.
This crisis has affected our Salem community—faculty, staff, students, families– emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally, and financially. Salem’s full time, benefit-eligible employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through ComPsych Guidance Resources that is administered by One America that includes free counseling services (limited). Part-time employees may register at the above site to access toolkits and online resources, but counseling services are not available. Students may contact Salem’s Counseling Services for counseling information and resources on how to manage stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.
Thank you to Katie Howell, Archivist, and Tyler Cline, Digital Archivist, J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte, for permission to reuse selected text, ideas, and forms from UNCC’s “Contribute Your Stories of the COVID-19 Outbreak” website.