Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert


By the beginning of May 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 75,000 persons in the United States, forced millions of businesses to shut down, devastated the budgets and hopes of countless families, closed campuses and schools, and changed the lives of most Americans in ways that were unimaginable a few short months before. Our team, through extensive interviews, participatory action research, and photo-elicitation, documented the lived experience of workers, students, and health care professionals in the early stages of the pandemic, assessed how people made sense of the health risks related to the virus, and examined the measures they took to persevere during a time of social isolation and uncertainty.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted


Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs