Matt

Matt is a college student and works at the local grocery store, Weis, in the Central Pennsylvania area. “There was a guy that would come in with a full hazmat suit and everything…Technically, we have a sign outside that says you have to wear a mask to shop here, but our manager came up and…

Megan

Megan is a news reporter. “The one interesting thing that is happening now is that there is…with 9/11 and the snipers—is that the media is informing people with the information they need, and they are grateful for that. There is a segment of society now that thinks the media has made this up, and that…

Jo

Jo is a systems engineer that currently works as an instructor for Code in the Schools, a non-profit organization serving the Baltimore City Public Schools System. They are queer, Black, and Christian. “Being able to tell stories and the art of storytelling and the art of building relationships…and actually starting that healing process [is something]…

Regina

Regina is a UMD alumna, full-time school counselor, and founder of local hair salon Hair + Space Blowdry and Beauty Bar. As someone who grew up in Prince George’s county, she was thrilled to open her first salon in College Park last October. Since COVID-19 forced Regina to close her “nonessential” business in March, she…

Rita

Rita lives by herself and has kidney disease. “It’s gonna be a very strange world if this goes on a whole lot longer.” Interview highlights: “I miss my friends. I miss getting hugs. The one thing I wonder about is what this does or will do over a period of time to people’s relationships with…

Kennesha

Kennesha is a frontline worker who lives in Thorndale, PA. She is thirty-two years old. “I’m not sure that I am considered a hero, but the work that I do is very important to our international presence in the world and so we are an important cog in the system. I am very much appreciative…

Melissa

Melissa is an elementary school teacher in Rockville, Maryland. She has been teaching for over ten years. “It’s a matter of equity too. Some children have a lot of support and they’re going to get through this without a lot of issues and then children who are struggling- struggling learners- you know that’s going to…

Anna L.

Anna Lee is a co-owner of family business, Stripe 3 Adidas, in College Park, Maryland. Through their business, she and her husband, Kevin, work with soccer teams and loyal customers to provide affordable, sustainable sportswear and equipment in order to ensure that every child has the opportunity to play sports. For more than 35 years,…

Mike

Mike is a professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a screenplay writer for TV and movies. “If the world wants to get better, it has to have better education, for a lot more people. We have generations to get done.” Interview highlights: “If the world wants to get better, it…

Shabnam

Shabnam is a mother to an elementary school boy and a middle school girl. She has been working from home since the start of quarantine. “So, that’s the challenge I have from the work, on top of it, the kids are home…this is the nightmare part…the first two weeks I cry a couple of times,…