Hard realities, high hopes: Reimagining the higher education ecosystem
When Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying, proposed the five stages of grief and loss, she could not have foreseen the myriad of challenges 2020 would present our region, our nation and our world. Although those who are grieving do not necessarily go through the stages in the same order or experience all of them, in many ways, and for a multitude of reasons, we all have been impacted by the confluence of COVID-19, its resultant economic upheaval, and structural racial issues which have created a “perfect storm.” Some are in the stages of denial and isolation or anger. Others are in the bargaining or depression stages. I would argue, however, that we must move to the acceptance stage.
Originally published: October 15, 2020
Author: Michael A. Baston
Institution: Rockland Community College
Published by: University Business