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Purchase Echoes of the Canyon in Paperback Here

Purchase Echoes of the Canyon in Hardcover Here


Echoes of the Canyon is a book written by over 100 SCC students describing their experiences during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020 in poems, short stories, journals, and letters. During this tumultuous time, these students experienced job loss, struggled as "essential employees," and worked selflessly in hospitals and other health care settings. Some lost friends and family members to the pandemic, while others decontaminated daily to keep elderly and pregnant relatives safe.  All had their college years disrupted by the move to remote instruction, despite obstacles ranging from lack of internet access to homelessness.

These amazing students have not only produced a moving and engaging book, but they are donating all profits from its sale to the Hawks Nest Food Pantry in the hope that the stories of their struggles will benefit other SCC students in need.

Paperback copies are $12 each.

Hardcover copies are $30 each.


The Umoja Learning Community Spring 2020 was designed for students with an interest in Modern African history, literature, and culture. This English 102, History 132, and Reading 138 hybrid Learning Community focused on reading, writing, and learning about the history and literature of modern Africa.