Susan Kasten
October 26, 2020

In the Trenches in the Time of Covid

Five stories of alumni bringing their best work forward in the hour of our greatest need.

The year 2020 underlined the importance of a single phrase in Beloit’s mission: educating graduates to make “a public contribution in a diverse society.” Never in our lifetimes have people been asked to step up to such complex and unprecedented challenges. Beloit alumni are uniquely prepared for this moment, especially during a pandemic that exposes inequities like few other crises could. From building new coalitions, to caring for vulnerable people, to being fearlessly creative, Beloit alumni are contributing to the public good when it truly matters.

Bobby Harris'08 is site director for an innovative center that provides shelter and care for people with Covid.

Meeting People Where They Are

Bobby Harris’08 is part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team serving Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens during the pandemic. He was drawn to public health as a way of fighting social injustice.
Shanna Dell'10 opted to take a clinical post during the pandemic so she could care for sick people the way she would want to be treated.

Fighting Covid on Multiple Fronts

Public health professional Shanna Dell’10 typically works with nurse-centered HIV pre-exposure prevention, but Covid has changed everything. In her new roles, she’s taking inspiration from fellow nurses who were working with HIV patients long before the disease’s transmission was understood.
DeVon Wilson'90 and his team ramped up their efforts to retain and recruit underrepresented students.

Helping Students Succeed in a New Reality

As director of the Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, DeVon Wilson’90 is helping to clear the many hurdles Covid is placing in front of the underrepresented, first-generation, low-income students he and his team support.
Helen Damon-Moore administers the Inside-Out Program at Cook County Jail on behalf of DePaul University.

They Said, ‘We Need Soap’

One of the programs Helen Damon-Moore’80 administers at DePaul University is the Inside-Out Program at Cook County Jail in Chicago. She takes us through what happened when Covid abruptly shut down the program last spring.

Also In This Issue

  • In the summer of 2019, Writing on Two Wheels used biking to spark writing projects. This year, a summer like no other provided ample prompts.

    Writing Wherever You Are

  • Professor Ron Watson in 2017.

    Teaching Hard Truths About Race in American Political Science Courses


This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read our Web Privacy Policy for more information.

Got it! ×