Dear future Students, The Race and Oral History course will provide you with a learning experience that is beyond the classroom and can not be replicated in the classroom. You will be given the opportunity to work with the community, while at the same time learn valuable skills. You will learn how to use different technology, conduct an interview, transcribe an interview and numerous other skills that are specific to the community partner you choose to work with. I worked with Detainee Allies an organization who writes letters to people in detention centers. I participated in their Monday night meetings. At these meetings we readRead More →

Dear Future Student, This class is really unique and special. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to leave the confines of the university institution and do tangible work with the communities invoked in the mostly theory based Ethnic Studies classes. In many cases, being able to work with your community partner means being able to leave La Jolla, and really discover some really precious pockets of San Diego. This class really allows you to have a more community based, praxis oriented lens. The oral history process is very rewarding, and it’s really amazing to hear people’s stories and narratives, which are very complex and unique. It’s greatRead More →

Dear Fellow Future Student, First of all, thank you for being engaged in a class on this topic. If it weren’t for people coming after us and continuing to gather and share oral histories we would be lost to history, ironically. So, thank you for taking up the mantle. I really like the idea of oral histories. To me they are a research method that infuses knowledge gathered back into the community. This aspect makes it different from most other types of research, and makes it a communal thing. In individualistic America, this type of work is necessary. To succeed in this class I recommendRead More →

Dear future student, First of all, congratulations for choosing to be part of this class! As someone who took this class two years in a row, I have grown very fond of it. Personally, I was drawn to the class for the opportunity to learn how to conduct oral histories through a critical historical/ethnic studies lens. While the class has many parts and is actually a lot of work, it is rewarding in many aspects. As a UCSD student, it is easy to get sucked into the bubble that is the UCSD campus. This course offers a unique opportunity for students to see more ofRead More →

This has been the most unconventional class I have taken, and in the best ways possible. It’s nice to be surrounded by people who share the same vision of the world as you so you can all grow together with integrity. I had never conducted an oral history before, and was not even familiar with the process. My initial understanding of an interview was very superficial, but as I began conducting my own oral history, I began to appreciate more of the process that often gets overlooked. There is a lot of preparation that goes into an oral history for it to run smoothly. IRead More →

Like most ethnic studies classes, there is a ton of assigned readings and in-class discussion. But its conventionality ends there. Rather than locking yourself in Geisel and binge-studying for a midterm, you’ll be out in the San Diego community, helping make it a better place. One thing that I learned from this experience is to be open to learning. When I first got into my partnership with the Filipino American National Historical Society, I was expecting to meet other Filipino Americans (like me) and learn about the gentrification of National City, Chula Vista, and Mira Mesa — amongst other San Diego FilAm issues. Instead, IRead More →

You may be wondering what makes this class so different from any other class you have taken thus far in your academic career. When I enrolled in the class, I only knew that I would have to eventually interview somebody but did not realize how involved I would become with communities outside of UCSD. Race and Oral History in San Diego changed my relationship to studying history and conducting research. Studying was no longer just about reading books and endless PDF files but rather became about having conversations and learning how to find ways to improve a community and engage with your community partner. TheRead More →

Throughout this course, you have two main projects, conducting and oral history interview and a creative project partnering with a small group of other students and an organization affiliated to UCSD in some way that is involved in social work in San Diego. Hands down the best part of the class is the multiple opportunities to explore areas of San Diego you may never have been to before and learn about the people and the history there. One of the more difficult things in this course was finding someone to conduct the oral history with and finding people to conduct shorter interviews with for partRead More →

Dear Future HIUS/ETHN 120D Student, I am so glad you decided to take this class. Whether you are taking it as a major requirement, for general education, or just for fun, there is so much that this class will offer you! It’s up to you to make the most of what is in front of you and I would love to offer you my own experiences, as well as some suggestions as to how you might make the most of the class. Over the course of the class, I worked with the group Detainee Allies. Things were a bit messy at the beginning, as DetaineeRead More →

Hello future Race and Oral History students! I hope you’re excited to take this course, one of the most dynamic, hands-on courses you will take in UCSD. Coming into this course, I did not know what to expect- and that’s the best part, I came with no expectations and left with a fulfilling experience. The most rewarding part of course was the community partnership. This year I was selected to work with the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), which is an after-school program for students in the Barrio Logan community to gain leadership skill and prepare for higher education. BLCI’s mission resonates with my personalRead More →