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Building community among graduate students at College for Creative Studies

Creating daily structure and channels of communication for students to combat isolation, share resources, and build community.

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Instagram has been a great resource for building community during this time. There are many personal posts on COVID-19 response, ranging from pictures of baking and craft projects, to sharing concerns, hopes, and action plans about how this experience can bring us together as a community. There are particularly strong craft, queer, and anti-racist communities sharing this kind of content on Instagram.

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

It has made me more likely to comment or respond to social media posts by others in quarantine across the US and internationally, and has given me ideas of how to structure and implement the student community I'm working to build with my classmate at College for Creative Studies.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

Reposting stories on Instagram, writing my own Instagram posts, email and communication with others, both individually and as a group.

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • News: Digital
  • News: Radio
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • Word of Mouth
  • College administration

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

How society and the US government are going to address immediate need among economically vulnerable communities.

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

Homeless and low-income people. Queer youth. I worry that these communities are especially vulnerable to the social and health impacts of this disease.

What is your current profession?

Color & Materials Design MFA student

In what city are you located?

Detroit, Michigan

In what country are you located?

United States


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