UCLA in L.A.: The Coronavirus Years

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The UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research, which collects oral history interviews related to the history of Southern California and the Los Angeles metropolitan region, has launched a new project – UCLA in L.A.: The Coronavirus Years. Bruins and members of the broader UCLA community are invited to share their pandemic perspectives, including efforts to retrain for teaching and learning, disrupted educational and employment plans, managing home life, experiences of inequality, participation in social justice movements, and insights from healthcare and essential work settings.

The Coronavirus Years oral histories will be archived by the UCLA Library for research and study by future generations. Narrators willing to make their interviews public will be featured in the center’s online COVID-19 Pandemic Collection, joining voices in subject areas ranging from Buddhism and Business to Social Movements and American Indian History.

While the Center for Oral History Research is interested in all perspectives and communities, here is a selection of areas of focus:

  • Students whose educational plans and employment goals have been disrupted
  • Teaching assistants, lecturers, and faculty who have had to retrain themselves in new technologies and methods, while offering support to students who are experiencing new pressures
  • Members of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities for whom the pandemic has exacerbated inequalities but who have also united against injustice
  • Parents who have struggled to manage both their own work responsibilities and their family’s educational and emotional needs
  • Essential workers who continue to do the work that keeps our society and economy going
  • Healthcare workers who have put their own lives on the line
  • Anyone who has a story to tell and wants to add their voice to this record of our time.

To be considered for the UCLA in L.A.: The Coronavirus Years oral history project, please fill out the linked registration form or the form below:

For more information, please contact:
Jane Collings, Principal Editor for the Center for Oral History Research 
email: jcolling@library.ucla.edu