Coronavirus Stories

Be Part of the College's History

Central Piedmont encourages students, staff, and faculty to document your personal experiences during the coronavirus outbreak and contribute them to the Archives. The purpose of this project is to gather examples of how we came together as one college to adapt to — and overcame — this situation. The creativity of our college community is inspiring and our stories should be preserved for future generations to reflect upon.

The college’s official response to this unprecedented event will be recorded and preserved in the Archives, in accordance with records management policies governed by state law. However, there’s nothing in place to ensure the personal experiences and reactions of our college community are included in the official historical record.

How to Participate

We are interested in your stories about your experience during the pandemic. Some examples of story ideas include:

  • your experience learning, teaching, and working from home
  • your experience on the front lines 
  • how you are adjusting or adapting to the changes
  • challenges you may be facing and struggling with
  • the ways you are keeping in touch with loved ones
  • any hobbies or skills you have learned 

How you capture these stories is entirely up to you. Some suggestions include:

  • artwork
  • audio and/or video recordings
  • blog posts
  • journal entries
  • photographs
  • social media

We can only accept digital materials at this time. Eventually, the college will be able to collect physical works from those of you willing to donate them to the Archives.

The Submission Process

  • Fill out the submission form to submit your materials.
  • The form includes a submission agreement allowing Central Piedmont Archives to preserve your submission as well as important information about the copyright and use of your content. 
  • If you include other people in the course of your documentation, we will also need their permission so that we can preserve and share the recordings with future researchers. (Permissions can be revoked at any time, upon request.)
  • To grant permissions, all participants will need to submit the submission form if you wish to record with them. If we do not receive releases from all participants, we cannot preserve the materials.
  • Only one person will need to attach the files to the form — co-creators can simply fill in their personal information along with a description of the materials and indicate the name of the person uploading files in the item description.
  • Submissions will not be made immediately available. After they are processed by Archives staff, the submissions will be made available on the Central Piedmont Archives Web page.