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This article examines how adult educators at an urban community college, cope with and persist in the face of dual pandemics: COVID-19 and systemic racism. It delves into the requirements they faced turning in-person instruction to distance learning platforms at a moment’s notice, how they dealt with claims of racial disparity in doing so, and how the resurgence of racial unrest across the country challenged not only their own values and beliefs but how these events impacted their ability to teach and interact with their diverse students. The article also examines the instructors' ability to maintain their own wellbeing amidst these major atrocities and provide recommendations intended to help educators (and institutions) simultaneously maintain their mental, physical, and emotional health and continue to educate adult learners in ways that dismantle the inequities borne of systemic racism.


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Nicholson, W. M., & Battle, T. S. (2021). Adult education amidst dual pandemics: Community college survival. Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal, 6(2), Article A1153.

This article is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution License.



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