An oral history interview is a opportunity for an individual to share his or her life’s story and/or discuss a particular set of topics in depth. Oral histories are a great way to showcase someone’s unique perspective and can serve as an oral time capsule. For this set of interviews, we asked five OSU Faculty and Staff of color to express their thoughts regarding diversity and inclusion at the university.
Each interview began with a few personal questions regarding race and ethnic self-identities, the transition from high school to college and college experiences, and mentors, both personal and professional. All interviewees shared their stories of why they chose to move to Corvallis and join the OSU community, as well as first impressions of the university and the town of Corvallis. After explaining their position duties, each interviewee was asked a set of questions specific to their opinions on their efforts as well as the university’s role supporting faculty/staff and students of color. Interviewees were then asked to reflect on the changes they have seen in the OSU and Corvallis communities in terms of diversity and inclusion, and they were asked to share recommendations for OSU to become a more inclusive campus. All five student groups conducted research about their interviewees to determine a few topics to discuss more in depth, and concluded the interviews with questions regarding overcoming challenges and reflecting upon greatest accomplishments.
All of the interviews are available online, both the video and the interview transcripts.
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Image: Oral History Word Cloud from The Practice and Application of Oral History: A Field Overview, by Erica Fugger, March 26th, 2014.