The Class of COVID-19

The Class of COVID-19 Memoir Project teams with Ramapo College to tell the stories of New Jersey students​

Student holding Class of COVID-19 book
Havemeyer Arch Courtyard at Ramapo College

The transformative memoir project, The Class of COVID-19, has teamed with Ramapo College to share the stories of students across the state to highlight their pains, joys, losses and redemptive experiences during the Coronavirus pandemic. The first project of its kind in New Jersey history, The Class of COVID-19 invites students throughout the state to write their experiences for publication digitally and select stories in a book of memoirs to be released in summer 2022. From outbreak to vaccine, these stories will chronicle the living history of the last two years from our most vulnerable voices.

Spearheaded by educator and writer Shawn Adler, The Class of COVID-19 at Ramapo follows two previous volumes of COVID memoirs which were published in 2020 and 2021. These collections, which were limited to students at Cliffside Park in Bergen County, were featured on NBC News, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Star Ledger, NJ 101.5, People Magazine and others, while being celebrated at every level of government from Congress, to Governor Phil Murphy, to President Joe Biden.

“I am excited to be working with Ramapo College to bring this writing opportunity to students throughout the entire state,” said Adler. “I believe this invitation is not only an opportunity to improve craft, but also to seize power during a time of crisis and become the hero of your own story.”

Select students who have their narrative chosen for publication will also have an opportunity to workshop with Adler and a team of professorial and student writing experts at Ramapo College.

Ramapo We Care Program

100% of the profits from the book sales will be donated to The Ramapo We Care program.

The Ramapo We Care program is dedicated to providing resources for students who are experiencing food, financial, or other basic needs insecurities. Programs include the campus Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, and Student Relief Fund. For further information, email wecare@ramapo.edu or view the We Care Program website.

Food Pantry Interview