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A year later: Reflections on the meaning of equity

After the mid-March shutdown, the month of May began with me working diligently, going from zoom to zoom and managing virtual school for my son. Above all, I was focused on keeping my son and myself safe from contracting COVID-19 and helping family, friends and colleagues through the sicknesses and loss of loved ones due to the virus, with a sense of growing anger at the devastation that the virus was wreaking globally and nationally, but specifically at the impact it was having in communities of color and in people that look like me.