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Lessons Learned from HBCU Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic drastically impacted colleges’ and universities’ usual ways of teaching and engaging students. One Historical Black College and University (HBCU), North Carolina A&T University (NCAT), located in Greensboro, North Carolina, recognized the devastating impacts the pandemic was having on its students and their communities. In an effort to rapidly provide support and resources to students, a qualitative study was led by Dr. Jeannette Wade, Assistant Professor of Sociology, to understand HBCU students’ COVID-19 knowledge, sources of information, and planned precautions.

On June, 30, 2022, Abraham Johnson, MPH, Dr. Jeannette Wade, Dr. Sharon Parker, and Mr. Wanya Gulley, a graduating student from NC, discussed findings from the study,  an overview of lessons learned from protocols and policies implemented by HBCUs, and student perspectives that will help inform responses to future pandemics or other public health emergencies.

 

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