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May 4, 2020
Providing Legal Aid to Vulnerable Populations
Maura Mahoney, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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While the courts are mostly closed, people still have legal issues. Some are in the middle of litigation. Even the relatively simple tasks of printing out forms, filling them in, and delivering them to a courthouse can be a hurdle right now. 

Those needs prompted a group of students and staff members at Suffolk University Law School in Boston to organize an assembly line of volunteers to design mobile-friendly court forms and assist lawyerless people with their filings. The effort demonstrates yet another way colleges and universities are mobilizing to combat the coronavirus crisis.

Stuck With Off-Campus Housing
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
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When the University of California, Irvine, closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Summer Joy Pagaduan lost her campus job as a barista. She later decided to move out of her off-campus apartment and return home. It would cost, however, thousands of dollars to terminate the lease.

She's not alone. Many students across the country remain stuck in rental leases with owners or managers of off-campus housing that the students no longer occupy.

'We’re Really on Edge:' As the Coronavirus Disrupts Family Life, Teens Are Taking on Adult Responsibilities
Katie Reilly, TIME
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By day, 17-year-old Brooke Solomon helps her mother deliver personal protective equipment to essential workers for Meals on Wheels and other programs serving seniors in their homes. By night, she completes school assignments and studies for the four AP exams that she will take from home next month.

As the world grapples with the coronavirus, millions of students in the United States are feeling the pandemic’s social and economic impact as they pivot to remote learning while also taking on more demanding roles at home. 

Coronavirus Pandemic Hardest on ‘Invisible Laborers’
Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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The phrase, “We are all in this together," has become a popular sentiment since the coronavirus lockdown began. But as the British writer Damian Barr recently wrote, “We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same storm. Some are on super-yachts. Some have just one oar.”

Nowhere is this more evident than in Sarasota, Florida, where wealthy retirees face the shutdown alongside undocumented immigrants who clean homes, keep yards pristine, wash restaurant dishes, and build houses. For these conscientious workers, the pandemic has turned living on the edge into a fight for survival.

A College Dream Deferred?
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Fall Scenario #7: Targeted Curriculum
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
Podcast: Another Barrier to Employment for Low-Skilled Workers?
Brent Orrell, American Enterprise Institute
Ensuring Equitable Pathways for the Class of 2020 Amid the Coronavirus
Ashley Jeffrey and Laura Jimenez, Center for American Progress
Commentary: What Prospective Freshmen Think About the Fall
Richard A. Hesel, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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