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For the past several months, the Duke University Archives and the Duke University Medical Center Archives have been collecting stories from students, faculty, and staff about their experiences during this unique time in history.
You may have seen articles about our efforts in The Chronicle or Duke Today. If you are anything like me, there is a good chance that you read about our collection efforts, but didn’t respond because you felt like you did not have anything to share. Or maybe you have too many experiences to share and it all just feels a little overwhelming! We want to encourage you to share your experiences whether they are big or small, funny or sad, personal or professional.
While the scope of this project is large, we hope that this blog post provides some answers to questions you might have about participating and give some framework for reflecting and documenting your experiences.
What format should I use?
How do you express your thoughts? Pick the format that works best for you. If not a written journal, maybe it is a daily audio recording or photo project. Maybe you'd rather document your experiences with a friend! We'd encourage you to record a Zoom call with a colleague where you talk through your experiences and interview each other.
I’m still feeling stuck! What should I say?
Below are some questions that are designed to prompt your thinking and guide your reflections. Please feel free to respond to just one or all. These questions could also be a good template for a recorded Zoom conversation with a colleague.
Personal Impact Questions
Duke/Communal Impact Questions
Looking Forward Questions
All of these prompts are included in this 2 page handout. We encourage you to download and print this guide.
If you are interested in sharing your story, you can do so right now! Submissions can be made online at this link. If you still have questions that weren’t answered here, please check out our FAQ page. As always, please contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns!