The Latina/o Oral Histories of Northeast Ohio Project is an ongoing collaboration between Oberlin College students, staff and faculty and Latina/o residents and community organizations to document to histories and contemporary experiences of Latinas/os throughout Northeast Ohio. Oral history is a useful way to capture and share the diverse experiences of people and communities, and the goal of this project is to create a space to acknowledge and celebrate these experiences.
In Spring 2016 students in the course Latina/o Oral History will work develop oral history projects through their work in the Comparative American Studies Program at Oberlin College. In this class, students will read about the history of Puerto Rican and Mexican migration to Lorain and throughout the Midwest and deepen their understandings of immigration, community building and political economy in Northeast Ohio. Students will also be introduced to the practice of oral history, including careful attention to ethics, methods and methodology. Students will reflect on their intellectual journey through their individual student blogs that will appear on this website.
Throughout the semester, students will conduct at least two hour-long interviews that they will transcribe and that will serve as the basis for their oral history project. The final projects will include audio and visual components that will accompany the stories or cuentos that reflect the oral history interview transcript and will be featured on this website.