UH Students! Share Your Experience of the Coronavirus Outbreak

UH Students Respond to COVID-19 will record and preserve your experience—as a University of Houston student—during the coronavirus outbreak.

It is important that the experiences of UH students during this challenging time are recorded and preserved in the University Archives. You can help with that by adding your story and perspective! You’re living through a unique moment in history, and the University Archives can preserve your response to it for people in the future.

Share your experiences and tell us your stories!

How you record your thoughts and experiences to share for this project UH Students Respond to COVID-19 is up to you. Some suggestions include writing a journal of your thoughts and experiences, recording voice memos to make an audio oral history, or taking photos and/or videos of life as you see it. Artistic and creative expressions are welcomed alongside more documentary responses.

We are interested in stories about the shift to remote learning, being displaced from student housing, off-campus jobs (in retail, the service industry, grocery stores, etc.), remotely working your on-campus jobs, the ways you and your friends are staying in touch during this period of social distancing and self-quarantine, the challenges of international students or those with families abroad, and so on.

The submission process

  • The University Archives can accept just about any format you create, but if you’re uncertain about something in particular and need technical assistance please reach out to mmmanning@uh.edu We can help!
  • Please use this form to submit your items. You will be able to sign an agreement allowing the University Archives to preserve your submission, and you will receive important information about the copyright and use of your content.
  • If you interview other people in the course of your documentation, we will also need their permission so that we can preserve and share the recordings with future researchers. Please have any friends, family members, or community members fill out the same form if you wish to record with them.
  • Submissions will not be available to the public immediately. After they are processed by University Archives staff, they will be available in the UH Digital Library.

Please be aware of social distancing best practices while self-documenting and stay at least 6 feet away from any people you wish to interview, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, and stay home if you feel sick (as recommended by the CDC).

We know that the pandemic has affected our community emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally, and financially. Please visit UH’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for more information on how students may seek counseling services at this time, as well as resources on how to manage COVID-19 related stress and anxiety.