Dear Future ETHN 120D Students,

As an LA native, I was unaware of what to expect from this course. I never conducted an oral history interview before, nor did I know what grassroots community organizing entailed. However, after virtually interning with the Refugee Health Unit, I would definitely recommend ETHN 120D to anyone that is interested in learning more about the San Diego community.

In order to gain the most out of your experiences, be present in class at all times and ask presenters questions about their previous experiences in oral history. Be punctual and attentive to what your internship supervisors and your professor expect from you, whether it’s about the final group project or your weekly assignments. Make sure to schedule your oral history interview ahead of time. The earlier the date, the more time you’ll have to transcribe the interview since this is the longest process. Lastly, don’t hesitate to reach out to your TA or your professor for support if you need it!


Kimberly Merene
Spring Quarter 2020