I interviewed Raj Chetty on May 13, 2020. Raj Chetty is currently a professor at San Diego State University in the English and Comparative Literature Department. In the interview, we discussed his personal experience with having a family friend being detained by ICE which is what propelled him to get involved with Allies to End Detention. This interview was conducted through Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic which shifted the focus of this project from interviewing the detainees of Otay Mesa to interviewing the individuals within the organization. Chetty is motivated to end deportation and free as many detainees as possible. Chetty wanted to share pa’lanteRead More →

Layla Ali came to the United States because of the corruption in her country and currently lives in San Diego as a multi-lingual mother.  She got her first job in the United Women of East Africa Community Center and considered the community part of her house since then. Layla hopes that this interview could help others as part of the community. This interview is conducted by Dengxiaoyu Shi, a senior Bioinformatics major at UC San Diego via zoom and covers immigration and COVID-19 pandemic topics. L: Okay. I, the interviewee, Layla — do I need to put my name, right? Hello? D: Yes, please. L: Okay.Read More →

Shamseldin Abdelaziz  is a 17 year old Hoover High School student who was born in Sudan and moved to Egypt when he was 1 years old. After living in Egypt for 7 years, which he described as a very memorable experience, he and his family moved to the United States. Shamseldin currently lives in the City Heights neighborhood in San Diego and is very proud to be a member of this community. An excellent student, Shamseldin has been accepted into many universities and has a full scholarship to attend UC San Diego. Along with being a great student, he gives back to his community byRead More →

Nadia Atef is a multi-lingual Moroccan mother of two young girls who currently resides in San Diego. After winning a lottery, she took a leap of faith to come to the United States once she completed her Master’s Degree in Hydrogeology. She found herself on the West Coast where she would eventually meet her husband and start a family. She currently volunteers at the United Women of East Africa Community Center in which she has found a community that she considers family. Nadia is eager to do what she can for others, attributing her fervent compassion to the fact that she simply likes to spreadRead More →

The person interviewed is Mario Chacón. Originally from Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles and now living in San Diego working as a muralist and independent art teacher. Mario has a background in educational counseling, previously working with many schools and universities. As a practicing artist of over 25 years with the main focus on mural painting, Mario focuses his art on many social and political issues that sparked or affected the Chicano Movement. This interview covers topics surrounding communal justice, expressions of art, the effects of COVID-19, and, most importantly, the Anastacio Hernández Rojas mural project in Chicano Park. The interview was conducted viaRead More →

On Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, I had the great privilege of interviewing Faiza Warsame, the program coordinator of UWEAST (United Women of East Africa). Faiza is currently 23 years old and resides in San Diego, California. She is extremely passionate about working with and alongside her community- especially with the youth. Born in Somalia and raised by a single, strong mother, her, her mother, and her siblings all moved to Egypt when Faiza was ten years old. After living in Egypt for a couple of years, Faiza and her family immigrated to America for a fresh start, as well as for more opportunities. This interviewRead More →

Suriyaan Hussein, a 21 year-old Somali-American, was born in Ohio and raised in Southern California. He grew up immersed in the vibrant East African community in City Heights, and enjoys playing basketball, video games, and working out. He is passionate about his religion and his community, and engages with his community through his role as a UWEAST (United Women of East Africa) liason. This interview covers his experience of growing up in America, Ramadan, UWEAST, and how COVID-19 has impacted his life and the East African community in San Diego. We met through UWEAST (through Faiza), and the interview was conducted via Zoom as IRead More →

Interview Synopsis: The following interview is an interview with Alexander Huezo, a professor of Ethnic Studies who currently teaches at UC, San Diego. Prior to his time at UC, San Diego, Professor Huezo worked as an educator for high schools in the Oakland Unified School District for about 10 years and eventually went on to apply for and get accepted into the Latin American Studies Masters program at UC, San Diego. After completing his Masters program in San Diego, Mr. Huezo attended UCLA to receive his masters in Latin American Studies and later earned a PhD in geography from Florida International University. This interview coversRead More →

WRITING THE INTERVIEW SYNOPSIS The interview synopsis will be the first thing a researcher sees when browsing the [future] Digital Collection. Therefore, the synopsis needs to be well-written, and it must provide the essential details for the researcher to determine if the interview will be useful. The synopsis should be concise (approximately 150-200 words) and should follow a template. You may see examples of previous posts. Here is a template: 1 sentence – The first sentence should include the name of your interviewee and other basic information such as age, hometown, ways they identify. 2-3 sentences – Elaborate on your interviewee’s life story. 1 sentenceRead More →