The Stories Project

Be Part of the College's History

Central Piedmont Community College is launching a college-wide effort to encourage students, faculty, and staff to document your personal experiences during 2020 and contribute them to the college archives. The purpose of this project is to gather stories that show how we came together as one college to adapt to, and overcame, the many situations we have faced this year. The creativity of our college community is inspiring and our stories should be preserved for future generations to reflect upon.

While the college’s official response to the unprecedented events of 2020 will be recorded and preserved in the archives (as part of records management policies governed by state laws), we want to ensure that the personal experiences and reactions of our college community are included in the official historical record.

How to Participate

Send us stories about your experience as a Central Piedmont student, faculty, or staff member in 2020. 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, struggling with, or have overcome
  • 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

You can submit your stories at any time, even after the year has passed. We hope to use contributions to the project in future exhibitions, as a way to reflect and honor the growth and changes of our community.

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

  • Use this Google form to submit your materials. You will be able to sign an agreement allowing Central Piedmont Archives to preserve your submission, and you will receive 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, they will need to provide you with written permission (via Word, Google, or Central Piedmont email) and the submitter will need to include that with the file uploads. They should indicate the name of the person uploading files in the permission message.
  • 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 webpage.