Mr. Hughes-Giard said the university is trying to instill a sense of belonging, by staging events and creating places to relax. But for the students who are the most behind, she worries that the pandemic’s effects are not going away soon. Even today, they often have other burdens, like working extra jobs to feed themselves and support their families.

“We’re always trying to slim that gap,” she said. “But it feels like we hit the wide open mouth of the river again.”


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