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The lowest-paid workers in higher education are suffering the highest job losses

Eugenia Bradford believed her job was safe. After all, she was the only administrative assistant for college advising services at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Who else would schedule appointments or supervise work-study students if she were gone?



a man sitting on a bench in front of a building: Eugenia Bradford, who worked as an administrative assistant at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, is among the workers who have lost jobs in higher education during the pandemic.


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Eugenia Bradford, who worked as an administrative assistant at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, is among the workers who have lost jobs in higher education during the pandemic.

But weeks before the fall semester began in August, Bradford’s boss told her the department was downsizing and her position would be eliminated. The university offered to pay her through mid-October, but after that she was on her own. No more health insurance. No more peace of mind.

“I was in total shock and disbelief for about three days,” said Bradford, 57, a mother of three. “I see myself getting depressed, but I pray …

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