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UCSC COVID Pandemic Oral History project

Updated: Feb 16, 2022





This community-based oral-history project reflects a unique way that UCSC was impacted during the 2020-2021 year. This is an oral-history book that focused on the impact of COVID-19 on the UCSC community. The project focused on recording a diverse set of voices to fully reflect the impact of the pandemic. A year after publication the book has made the rounds amongst oral-history organizations, and important reflections have come about as time has allowed us to analyze the content the interviews have given us.


Isabella Crespin (She/Her) is a graduating senior at UCSC who is working towards a Film and Anthropology B.A. Her work often infuses both practices, and she is also part of a variety of projects and organizations. Her most recent research can be seen published in The Empty Year: An Oral History of the 2020 Pandemic(s) at UC Santa Cruz. Beside being co-leading MiA, she is also the lead organizer of the 19th annual Practical Activism Conference at UCSC.

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