Community Based Learning in Times of Social Distancing, Isolation, and Quarantine

March 20, 2020

Dear friends,

We are living through a very strange moment when very little seems clear or certain.  Last week, Amherst College moved quickly and sent most students home to continue the semester remotely while preparing to support students who are unable to leave campus.  This week, faculty and staff moved to a remote work environment and are preparing for the first week of distance learning. All around us we are watching people struggle, adapt, and care for one another as we navigate social distancing together.

In the coming weeks, the CCE will continue to provide support for faculty, staff, and students who are looking to make connections inside and outside of the classroom.  We are available and happy to connect via phone, email, Zoom, Slack, etc. And in the meantime, here are a few resources that might be helpful as you explore ways to connect with others during this public health crisis.  We will add to this list in the coming weeks so please feel free to send suggestions.

Take care,

Sarah, Megan and Zoë

Support others

Mutual aid networks are growing across the US and around the world.  If you are not familiar with this concept, check out this article in Teen Vogue.

Idealist suggested 7 Ways to Help Others During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Connect with local organizations


Amherst Neighbors

Amherst Senior Center

Amherst Survival Center

Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Jones Library


Meals on Wheels

United Way of Hampshire County

And remember to look for similar organizations in your community.  Most are using social media and email blasts to share information so consider following a few to learn more.  If you need help finding resources or connecting with organizations in your community, please let us know.

Find Local-Global Learning and Civic Resources

Campus Compact

CBL and COVID-19 from Portland State University

COVID-19 and the 2020 Census