The New Normal?: Transitioning Back to Hawk Hill is a social media impact campaign based on co-creation techniques and oral narratives. Our goal is to ignite open and honest conversations about current issues affecting the Saint Joseph University community and those around us. We considered a large range of topics, from lack of communication to the work, life, and school balance to the impact of COVID-19. As conversations continued and the project began to take form, we came to the realization that the common denominator in all of these topics was our transition back to campus.

As a result, our campaign The New Normal: Transitioning Back to Hawk Hill was created.

The lasting effects of COVID-19 and the “new normal” are present throughout the world, as well as on the SJU campus. To read more on the topic as it pertains to our campus, the following articles published by The Hawk Newspaper are a good place to start:

If you or anyone you know are struggling physically, mentally, or financially due to the transition back to campus, the university has resources that can help, including:

The Office of Student Outreach and Support; the SJU COVID website; HawkHub, for those experiencing food insecurity; the Bias Activity Review Group, which connects to Public Safety; CAPS (610-660-1090); TitleIX titleIX@sju.edu; REPP (*confidential support) 610-733-9650 (24 hr. Peer Helpline); or SJU Public Safety 610-660-1111.

We encourage all students to continue the conversation by sharing your own stories, using the #StartTalkingSJU hashtag.

All content was co-created with the narrators, who signed consent forms giving their permission for us to post it here and on Instagram and YouTube. The narrators retain ownership of all their individual content.

We encourage you all to be a part of our movement — students, staff, faculty. During these times, it is important that we stand together and be a part of the solution.

Come join the conversation and help make a change.

The Producers of The New Normal: Transitioning Back to Hawk Hill are:

Jessica Smith
Gabby Bekoka
Stephanie Wengler
Liam Morgan
Ally Hanley
Liam Majewski
Eamonn Irving
Meghan Harms
Brendan Farrell
Michael McFadden
Will Haywood