The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought on a tidal wave of uncertainty, change and challenges for countless communities around the world. But with resiliency, persistence and grit, Spartans are overcoming these challenges and working together to get through the COVID-19 crisis.

Many Broad alumni are leading their businesses to be a force for good: rapidly shifting operations to produce medical supplies, making significant donations for first responders and reaching out to offer support for those in need.

Making an impact, from Michigan to Mumbai

An Atwater employee filling hand sanitizer gallons.

Detroit-based Atwater Brewery has shifted operations to produce and donate hand sanitizer.

Within a matter of days, Detroit quickly became one of the nation’s hot spots for the spread of the coronavirus. Many alumni have risen to the occasion to aid health workers and first responders in the area.

Beyond Detroit, Broad Spartans are stepping up to serve those in need throughout Michigan, across the United States and even in other parts of the world.

Demonstrating agility and resourcefulness

A close up image of a General Motors employee work on ventilator parts.

Workers build the first production ventilators at the General Motors manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Indiana.

Numerous companies have rapidly shifted operations to source, produce and deliver essential supplies to meet urgent needs for health care workers around the world, with Broad Spartans leading the way.

Fostering a support system

Alumna Carrie Dorr's positive affirmations exercise: 5 Positive + Empowering Affirmations 1. I am stronger than my struggles 2. I can do this 3. I am on the best path for me 4. I am moving forward 5. I create my life Self Work: Say the affirmation out loud several times a day and before you go to bed. To add more power to the positive affirmation, write it down. Image: green plant on a table against a white brick wall.

Spartans can practice positive affirmations and other self-healing exercises from alumna Carrie Dorr to manage stress.

Broad Spartans are also finding ways to uplift each other, offering support and resources for their employees and customers in outstanding ways.

Being a Spartan is an ideal that encompasses individual strength, collective power and extraordinary impact. These are just a small collection of the many alumni who are stepping up in inspiring ways to overcome the world’s challenges amid COVID-19 and proving that without a doubt, Spartans Will.

If you are a member of the Broad Spartan alumni network making a difference right now, we would love to hear from you. Send an email to to share your story.