Forced Out: The Faces of Higher Ed’s Historic Layoffs
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Scott Carlson, Eric Hoover, Beth McMurtrie, Emma Pettit, and Megan Zahneis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
For 17 years, Valentina Espinosa worked a housekeeping job in a hotel owned by Northwestern University. Despite, the challenges, her work became a bedrock of security and her co-workers family. Now, she may have to find a new family. In March of last year, Espinosa was laid off, as the pandemic decimated travel and the hotels that house visitors. She has been mostly out of work since then, surviving on unemployment payments.
Since the start of the pandemic, higher education has suffered its greatest job losses on record. The Chronicle set out to tell the stories of those affected.