Voces (Voices) of a Pandemic

Juarez, Maria (Part 1)

  • Date: June 24, 2020
  • Place: New Brunswick, NJ
  • Interviewers:
    • Leo Valdes
  • Recommended Citation: Juarez, Maria. Oral History Interview, June 24, 2020, by Leo Valdes, Page #, Rutgers Oral History Archives. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).
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Oral History Interview Part 1
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Interview Summary:

Maria Juarez, a resident of New Brunswick, works as an assistant director of a preschool at a nonprofit organization. In part one, she delves into her childhood, tracing her family living in Mexico, California and New Jersey and her mother working two jobs once the family settled in New Brunswick. She describes the network of family support during her upbringing, as well as her education at Vo Tech in Piscataway. In addition to addressing the educational system in New Brunswick, she analyzes the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on her own children's educations and her shift to working from home. In part two, she discusses the impact of the pandemic on her children and the effectiveness of virtual schooling. She talks about how the community has been affected, noting that she knows about twenty people who contracted Covid-19. In terms of police-community interaction, she relates a negative encounter that she had with law enforcement. Additionally, she describes her activism involving the Coalition to Defend Lincoln Annex School.