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Rapid Community Innovation: a Small Urban Liberal Arts Community Response to COVID-19

Authors
  • Talmage, Craig Allen1
  • Annear, Christopher1
  • Equinozzi, Kate1
  • Flowers, Kathleen1
  • Hammett, Grace1
  • Jackson, Amy1
  • Kingery, Julie Newman1
  • Lewis, Robin1
  • Makker, Kirin1
  • Platt, Audrey1
  • Schneider, Travis1
  • Turino, Caroline1
  • 1 Hobart & William Smith Colleges,
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Community Well-Being
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Aug 19, 2020
Pages
1–15
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s42413-020-00074-7
PMCID: PMC7437384
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

Stories of community resilience and rapid innovation have emerged during the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. As communities, organizations, and individuals have had to shift modalities during the pandemic, they have identified ways to sustain community well-being. Prior to COVID-19, colleges and universities were hailed as anchors of economic and social resilience and well-being for communities of place. In this light, this commentary highlights stories of rapid community innovation occurring at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in the Finger Lakes region of New York. A series of vignettes are presented showcasing lessons and on-going questions regarding rapid pivots, community values, and diversity and inclusion during (and after) the pandemic. Overall, these insights can inform future local collaborative development efforts post-COVID-19 between colleges/universities and their local community.

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