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In mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York City, no one was sure how long they would be leaving their offices or school dorms.

At the time, Maria Hinojosa was teaching a writing class at Barnard College where many of her students are Latinx. Her classes are often intimate; students share personal pieces of writing and stories about their families and childhood. So when she began to meet with her students virtually, she started hearing their stories of the pandemic—about suddenly being home and the challenges of balancing the reality of this moment with their schoolwork.

In this segment for Latino USA, Maria calls two of her students, both of whom live in the hard-hit Bronx, to check in on them and to talk about how the crisis has affected them and their communities.

Featured image by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images.

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