Title

A Zine and COVID-19: A Journey of Critical Engagement and Its Benefits to Health Sciences Students

Description/Abstract/Artist Statement

In the Spring of 2020, we created a zine for our Women and Technology class at Old Dominion University that emphasized the societal inequalities of COVID-19 and how it disproportionately impacts People of Color, women, and low income individuals. What began as a contract course project for the Honors College, has led to a publication opportunity with the Virginia Engage Journal, a forum where students enrolled in colleges and universities across Virginia can share and reflect critically on their own community-engaged experiences. Creating the zine and the nine month process to publication of our results are two separate high impact practices unlike any other experience. It required us to critically engage with current events and apply the knowledge we gained from our course. Through this process, we have come to know the challenges researchers face such as having a limited access to research and adapting with the ever changing nature of information around the topic of COVID-19. We were also able to share the triumphs researchers face when overcoming these obstacles and creating an original project with meaningful research to share with the public. From working closely with our mentor to undertaking the revision process with journal editors, this has been a rewarding experience and we highly encourage other students to seek ways to take their learning outside of the classroom. In this presentation, we critically reflect on our process of creating original research from brainstorming to publication, as well as the ways the coronavirus shaped and changed our journey.

Presenting Author Name/s

Ariana Montemayor and Sydney Scanlon

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Cathleen Rhodes

College Affiliation

College of Health Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Public Health

Session Title

LeADERS Panel

Location

Zoom Room P

Start Date

3-20-2021 11:00 AM

End Date

3-20-2021 11:55 AM

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A Zine and COVID-19: A Journey of Critical Engagement and Its Benefits to Health Sciences Students

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In the Spring of 2020, we created a zine for our Women and Technology class at Old Dominion University that emphasized the societal inequalities of COVID-19 and how it disproportionately impacts People of Color, women, and low income individuals. What began as a contract course project for the Honors College, has led to a publication opportunity with the Virginia Engage Journal, a forum where students enrolled in colleges and universities across Virginia can share and reflect critically on their own community-engaged experiences. Creating the zine and the nine month process to publication of our results are two separate high impact practices unlike any other experience. It required us to critically engage with current events and apply the knowledge we gained from our course. Through this process, we have come to know the challenges researchers face such as having a limited access to research and adapting with the ever changing nature of information around the topic of COVID-19. We were also able to share the triumphs researchers face when overcoming these obstacles and creating an original project with meaningful research to share with the public. From working closely with our mentor to undertaking the revision process with journal editors, this has been a rewarding experience and we highly encourage other students to seek ways to take their learning outside of the classroom. In this presentation, we critically reflect on our process of creating original research from brainstorming to publication, as well as the ways the coronavirus shaped and changed our journey.