Dear TRENDS Diary,

I'm a member of CU's class of 2020—the COVID class. It has been almost a year since I left school wondering where I was headed and quite uncertain about where I would land. I recently talked with two friends, class of 2021, who shared familiar feelings of uncertainty and confusion. I'm in a very different place now, but I cannot talk them out of their concerns.

I can tell them I figured out a place to land. It has to do with using the time of isolation and uncertainty as a springboard and asking the question: What matters to me? Asking it over and over.

My answers to that question led me someplace I didn't expect. This place involves creativity, self-care, community, food, and my passion for social justice. What do you do when you can't leave home? I cooked, and I shared photos of my cooking process on Instagram. That was fun and gratifying. I was surprised by the number of positive comments I received back from old friends.


Dear TRENDS Diary -

I grew up low-income in rural Oregon and felt the impact of not having reliable car transportation. After graduating high school, I went to a community college in Eugene, OR, and there was a bus system there. 

It was liberating to ride the bus. What I love about transit is feeling like you’re a part of something and feeling connected to people you’re traveling with.

I strongly believe transportation access is overlooked as a crucial lynchpin service that allows people to thrive, improve their quality of life, and access economic opportunity. Transportation options can be really confusing to navigate, especially since our system is built to favor the personal automobile. 

I'm the program manager for Mobility for All, which connects people to transportation resources in our community beyond what they’d typically think of. 


Dear TRENDS Diary -

Being a COVID epidemiologist is exciting in a weird way. Of course, I would never hope for a pandemic in a million years. But it is pretty neat to have finished my graduate degree a few years before it happened. It has validated that the work I do is important, even when working in the shadows. At times in the past, it seemed like no one even knew the word epidemiologist.

I went into public health to try and make a difference. I studied international health, but really at the core I try to think globally and act locally. This was my opportunity to act locally, to be a part of a team that is trying to protect the health and safety of all the employees at Boulder’s University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Boulder’s National Center for Atmospheric Research. 


Dear TRENDS Diary,

Last year was incredibly challenging for local businesses, and unfortunately those challenges have continued into 2021.

In Nederland, every single business has felt the impact of COVID-19 – whether it be through mandatory closures, modifying their business practices so that they can do to-go and/or curbside pick-up, and making sure that they have the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure the health and safety of their employees. All of these changes put a lot of pressure on the small business owners in our community.

In an effort to support these businesses – and in my role as Deputy Town Administrator/Town Clerk – I have committed to making sure that we are consistently sending information to them about how the changes in level restrictions impact them, specifically.