The Race and Oral History Project is rooted in these core principles, which intentionally inform and guide us as we develop a shared, collaborative vision of social change for San Diego migrant and refugee communities. 

Affirming Community Knowledge

We affirm that community knowledge, solutions, and history comes directly from community narrators. 

Enacting Genuine Partnership

We strive to build a framework of shared knowledge and enact a community of reciprocal care with our partners. We therefore endeavor to reach beyond traditional education spaces and make university resources available to refugee and migrant communities in earnest.

Reimagining San Diego

We renounce San Diego’s histories of conquest, militarization, and forced migration and uplift the region’s rich history of grassroots struggles and community building efforts.

Statement of Use for Digital Collections

Oral histories conducted through the Race and Oral History project are made accessible on this website and will be preserved in the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Collections website to support teaching, learning, and research.

We strive to conduct oral histories following community standards and best practices, some of which are modeled after the Oral History Association best practices. The Course section of our website provides futher insight into our methodology and approach. 

Copyright Information

We respect the propriety of each individual oral history. The oral histories collected and preserved by the Race and Oral History Project are protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C) and owned by the narrator and interviewer.  Narrators and interviewers have given us permission by signing an oral history release form that acknowledges their rights and the process on how the interviews will be preserved and maintained. It grants the University of California, San Diego permission to publish and preserve the oral history for non commercial educational and research use.

Access & Use of the Oral Histories

Our collection is open, freely available online, and discoverable in search engines. Use of the oral histories beyond that allowed by “fair use” requires written permission of the copyright holder(s). Though we encourage patrons to utilize these valuable oral histories, please note that responsibility for obtaining permissions, use, and distribution of this work rests exclusively with the researcher. Inquiries can be made to the having custody of the work. 

Harmful and Explicit Content

Some narrators may recount traumatic experiences that are harmful and/or explicit. Harmful content may refer to self-harm or defamatory or discriminatory actions. Explicit content may include sexual or violent experiences. In some cases, narrators may state opinions that do not reflect the values of the Race & Oral History Project.  

Narrators are asked to review oral histories and may choose to redact portions for sensitive information or privacy concerns.

As we determine which materials to make available, we seriously consider the ethics of publishing and preserving oral histories and the impact that may have on narrators, interviewers, and listeners. At the same time, we are committed to providing access to the stories that are shared.

Process for Submitting a Takedown Request

While we are committed to preserving an accurate and complete historical record, we acknowledge that it is not always appropriate for all materials to be openly available.  Therefore we provide a way for individuals to report content in our collections whose public access should be reconsidered.  Please note that no policy can foresee and address every situation. Therefore, we make every effort to ensure that all requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

If you wish to request an item or item(s) be removed from a digital collection, please send an email to that includes the following information:

  • Your contact information (including email address and phone),
  • Exact URL where you found the material,
  • Details that describe the material (title, collection name, number of items, etc.),
  • The reason why you believe the content should be removed.

We will send an email confirmation upon submission of the takedown request.  At any point, the requestor may contact to ask for an update on the progress of the request. All relevant files and documents will be returned to the narrator.

Review Process

All takedown requests sent to our email are reviewed by a dedicated committee comprised of our leadership team. If the committee deems necessary, we may contact the person who submitted the takedown request for more details. As stated above, our aim is to honor and empower communities of color. Please inform us of any content that compromises that aim or our guiding values.

Please note that during the review process, access to the item(s) may be restricted and may be reinstated following our review.

The person who submitted the takedown request can expect to receive an emailed decision, including an explanation, regarding their request in 5-10 business days. If the individual who submitted the initial takedown request disagrees with the committee’s decision, we provide a 60-day window to submit an appeal that addresses the reasons they disagree with the decision. 

For all other questions regarding removing or restricting access to digital content, please email