Massachusetts' universities and colleges have just announced fall plans outlining how they will both teach and keep students safe. This, after the unplanned mid-semester pivot to online learning, left many scrambling to find solutions to the challenges of distance learning. But the administration and faculty of Bard Microcollege Holyoke had more to consider than how to conduct classes via Zoom. The school's tiny student population is made up of young, low-income mothers working toward a better future.


  • Mary Anne Myers - program director of Bard Microcollege Holyoke
  • Anne Teschner - executive director at The Care Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where Bard Microcollege is housed
  • Jacqueline Velez - regional organizing director for Sen. Ed Markey’s re-election campaign and Bard Microcollege Holyoke 2020 graduate