Dear Future Student, You will really enjoy this class. If you’re taking this course during the pandemic, I can probably give you some useful feedback. When conducting an interview over zoom, make sure you and your interviewee are in a well-lit space, as well as a quiet setting. Be willing to listen and learn from the organizations you will be helping, and try to build genuine relationships if you would like to continue to be involved in community organizing. In my experience, it was challenging not to add my own input during an oral history. Because of that, I spent time ensuring that my questionsRead More →

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 expectRead More →

dear future student, welcome! you’ve made a great decision by choosing to take this course. it will challenge what you know about academia and ethics, and make you really think about why we do what we do – i’ve never had a course be so personally rewarding while also allowing me to gain credits.  be prepared to forge meaningful relationships, engage in vibrant discussion, expand your worldview, and be humbled by what you will learn from your peers, your community group, and your interviewee. approach it with a humble and open mind – you are not the expert, you’re there to learn from people whoRead More →

Reflecting now upon taking this course, I just have to say, never have I ever taken a class like this. As a Cognitive Science major, one thing that I will miss about classes like Ethn 120D is the warmth, the understanding, the compassion that etches out of this class’s metaphorical pores because like, especially this year, it was very different given the circumstances with Covid, online classes and figuring everything out that comes along with that, especially a community resource class. However, this class, the people I met in this class- students, teachers, community members, etc- have really taught me that we all are goingRead More →

Dear future students, Hi, I’m LeAnn! Spring quarter just ended, so that means I am now currently a 3rd year majoring in Sociology (concentrated in culture & communication) and minoring in Ethnic Studies. If I only had one thing to say to you, I’d say: taking this course was the best decision of my entire academic year. I am so completely serious and this is not an exaggeration on my end. I only hope you end up feeling the same way as well. When I first enrolled in this course, the COVID-19 pandemic was not yet in full swing, so I was looking forward toRead More →

Dear Future Students, This is a class that will most likely be unlike any other class that you have ever taken. You will learn so much by working with your peers and community organization—skills that you would not find in a conventional classroom.  You will also learn how to conduct an oral history interview and the process of transcribing one.  When working with your community organization, please remember to communicate regularly and to take notes during meetings. They have a lot of valuable things to say and so listening attentively and paying attention to what they tell you will help you in this class. ForRead More →

One piece of advice about the oral history assignment is to schedule your interview as soon as possible in the event of any unforeseen issues. Try using Zoom when interviewing someone due to its ability to transcribe the conversation. Make sure that you are prepared when conducting the interview and practice doing it in front of a mirror ahead of time, if possible.  Community work is crucial because you get to witness history while engaging with those that will be remembered in the future. The oral histories are a collection of works that are critical to understanding these communities. The type of work you areRead More →

Dear Future Students, I’m not sure how helpful this letter will be, given I’m taking this class at a time that’s best described as… strange. We’re currently facing the COVID-19 pandemic, fiercely fighting to create a humane environment for others and ourselves, and just overall struggling to come to terms with our current realities. I am not sure what the future will be like when you take this class. I, for one, had no idea I would be living through all this, but I will do my best to give you advice. First, remember to be flexible! You never know what can happen in theRead More →

Dear future students,  You are about to start one of the most singular classes of UCSD but also one of the most meaningful. ETHN120 will allow you both to engage with the community partners but also to learn more about the importance of oral history and to lead your own interview. This is an amazing opportunity to make a difference by helping communities but also by giving a voice to people who have amazing stories to share.   This class is not about passing or getting an A. This class is about what you will do with this experience, how this class will help youRead More →

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 →