As the world grapples with the most disruptive health challenge of modern times, there is growing interest in how people—and organizations—are managing this new reality and helping others through it. Stories are what connects us—as a community, and to the larger world. Marketing Communications wants to share the stories of how this community is solving problems caused by this pandemic, and how our people are coming together (virtually, of course) despite this major obstacle.
These stories will come in all shapes and sizes, and will be shared across a variety of platforms that might include social media, The Herd, WPI Today, WPI Journal, editorial pieces, etc. And, of course, Marketing Communications wants to team up with you to share your related photos, videos, screenshots, and the like.
Some ideas may include (but are not limited to):
- Is anyone helping create research or product development solutions to problems caused by COVID-19?
- Does your area of expertise lend itself to interesting and important perspective on what’s currently happening?
- Will this disruption create amazing innovations, or will it grind things to a halt?
- Are you engaging in any interesting coronavirus-related programs or partnerships?
- How is the transition to online going – for faculty, students and/or staff?
- Does this experience actually help our students learn to adjust to real world challenges?
- How will that matter to future employers and/or graduate work?
- Do you have any examples of how remote working or learning is actually helping more people connect?
- Making this transition has been, in some instances, a Herculean task. Are there heroes among us? (If so, please share specific examples.)
- What’s happening with your research?
- How has your work changed—or stayed the same?
- How do you incorporate Project-Based Learning from a distance?
- Are there particularly difficult (human) impacts caused by these circumstances? And have folks created any interesting alternatives to alleviate the pain?
- Athletes missing out on their seasons?
- Seniors missing out on traditions?
- Will you teach any unusual classes?
- Do you have students who are doing anything extra interesting?
Of course, you may have other thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you about anything you think might be interesting. Please send information and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marketing Communications Team