Notre Dame College (NDC), a small liberal arts institution located in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, was faced with a unique challenge in the Spring of 2020. Known nationally for its mission of teaching personal, professional, and global responsibility in the academic traditions of the Sisters of Notre Dame, the institution suddenly found itself in a trial unlike any the institution had faced before. How could the College maintain a community of educators when internal factors and external societal inequalities become suddenly real and threatened the sustainability of the institution? How could levels of optimism and community in the face of a global pandemic be maintained, with pessimism levels soaring and isolation becoming the normal operating procedure? This essay provides answers to these questions by addressing NDC’s challenge in addressing the needs of the students, faculty, and staff as well as the institution, while being
faced with the COVID-19 pandemic.