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The Oregon Multicultural Archives Oral History Collection is a growing repository of interviews that documents the experiences and perspectives of people of color who have spent at least portions of their lives in Oregon.
ID: OH 018
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Statement on Access: Collection is open for research. Access to the Norm Monroe audio file is by permission of Norm Monroe.
Preferred Citation: Oregon Multicultural Archives Oral History Collection (OH 018), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: All interviews were conducted by OSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center staff or colleagues as indicated.
Acquired: Future additions to this collection are anticipated.
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Series 1: Interviews, 2011 Add to Shelf
Extent: 3 sound files
Digital File 1: Monroe, Norm, May 18, 2011 Add to Shelf
Norm Monroe discusses growing up in Washington D.C. and his early experiences with sports; moving to California to attend Compton Junior College and join the track team and later being recruited by the Oregon State University track team; his experiences at OSU as an athlete, for both track and basketball, as a student, as well as a newcomer to Corvallis during the early 1960s; his return to Washington D.C. and working at a hospital morgue and later at the National History Museum; his journey back to Oregon and residence in Lake Oswego with a job with the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration; and his personal and professional experiences with Mental Health. [Interview conducted by Dwaine Plaza. Transcript available online.]
Extent: 1:20:02
Digital File 2: White, Charlie, May 18, 2011 Add to Shelf
White discusses growing up in Detroit during the 1950s; joining the military and playing basketball oversees; his journey from junior college in Southern California to Oregon State University after being recruited for the OSU Men's Basketball Team; his experiences both as an athlete and student at OSU and as a newcomer to Corvallis, 1964-1967; his work for the Crown-Zellerbach manufacturing facility in Antioch, California with the specific job to integrate the workforce; and his life-long passion for basketball. [Interview conducted by Dwaine Plaza. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 48:08
Digital File 3: Moule, Jean, October 17, 2011 Add to Shelf
Moule begins by talking about her family, specifically the histories of her father and mother; she reflects on her childhood and school experiences including her early years in New York City and visiting South Carolina, and later being raised in Los Angeles, California; she concludes by discussing her academic experiences, social/political activism, and personal relationship with her husband while at the University of California at Berkeley during the mid-1960s. [Interview conducted by Natalia Fernández. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 1:29:20
Series 2: Interviews, 2012 Add to Shelf
Extent: 7 sound files
Digital File 4: Moule, Jean, February 9, 2012 Add to Shelf
Moule begins by explaining her preparation process for this interview, part 2 of 3, which covers the time period after Moule's graduation from Berkeley in 1967 through the early 1990s before beginning her graduate work at OSU. Moule first discusses her experiences as a student in a teacher education program during the late 1960s, her various jobs during her time in the Northern California area, and her and her husband's move to Oregon. Moule then describes her family life and experiences, her involvement in the Christian community and how it influenced and affected her teaching, her work with the Talented and Gifted Program, and her various teaching experiences including her time as a substitute teacher and her work with the incarcerated. [Interview conducted by Natalia Fernández. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 1:30:35
Digital File 5: Moule, Jean, May 8, 2012 Add to Shelf
Moule begins by describing her journey to OSU's College of Education doctoral program and explaining her activities as a student including her participation in the 1996 student boycott; Moule recalls her feelings and specific experiences of her treatment on campus; she then explains the development of the courses she taught as well as her transition to a faculty member; Moule continues by explaining the Immersion Program she initiated along with her overall workload and continued curriculum development regarding multicultural issues in education – for additional context and depth, Moule includes excerpts from student reflections. In the second half of the interview Moule discusses the book she authored, the tenure and promotion process, and her overall relationship with her department. Throughout the interview Moule describes the challenges she overcame during her time at OSU, specifically the racism she endured, and she reads from an article in which she states various racist scenarios and how to “lighten the load.” Towards the end of the interview, Moule explains one of her favorite activities, geocaching, and she concludes the interview by reading the 2003 commencement speech she gave to OSU graduates. [Interview conducted by Natalia Fernández. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 2:46:50
Digital File 6: Deiz, Carl, May 19, 2012 Add to Shelf
Deiz discusses his parents and their journey to Portland, working on the railroad as a waiter, being drafted and sent to Montgomery, Alabama in 1942. He explains his brother and his role in the Tuskegee Airmen, being discharged and attending University of Portland on the G.I. Bill. He concludes the interview by sharing information regarding his meeting and marrying his wife, Judge Mercedes Deiz, their three children, and his photography hobby as well as being a part of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. [Interview conducted by Chris Petersen. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 33:32
Digital File 7: Boozer, Alcena, May 19, 2012 Add to Shelf
Boozer discusses her family, especially how her mother and father met and her oldest brother, who was the first African American Pharmacist at OSU. She details her time at Portland State University, obtaining her Bachelors in Education and Graduate Certificate in Counseling, working at Grant High School as a teacher, counselor and vice principal, and leaving for Seminary at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She explains her husband's occupation and her two sons Bentley and Clark. She shares her thoughts on the Church and her faith, how she came to the conclusion to become a Deacon, influential figures in her life. She concludes with her hobbies of activism, hiking and gardening. [Interview conducted by Chris Petersen. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 19:17
Digital File 8: Deiz, Carl, May 30, 2012 Add to Shelf
Deiz discusses the Southeast Portland neighborhood he grew up in, the activities he was involved in as a kid, especially being a boy scout. He explains the personalities and lives of his parents. Deiz discussed his feelings about the Tuskegee program, how is brother was involved in the Tuskegee Airmen, the training process, how popular culture has portrayed the Tuskegee Airmen. He shares his memories on the Vanport Flood and what he lost in the flood. He explains how he met his wife, how she became a judge, what challenges if any she faced, and how he felt about her becoming a judge. Deiz concludes the interview by discussing his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in Portland and the place St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church has had in his life. [Interview conducted by Chris Petersen. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 1:27:06
Digital File 9: Boozer, Alcena, May 30, 2012 Add to Shelf
Boozer discusses the multiethnic neighborhood she grew up in Northeast Portland, the significant places people in the community would gather at, how her family hosted black entertainers from out of town, such as Lionel Hampton. She describes her time in school at the challenges she faced in high school. She details the day of the Vanport Flood, what she saw, what she heard and how the community reacted. How she met her husband and her wedding day. She then discusses her involvement in civil rights in the 60s, public demonstrations in Oregon, Freedom Riders, the ongoing Civil Rights Movement in Oregon, names main figures of the Civil Rights movement in Portland, her thoughts on national Civil Rights activists such as Malcolm X, Dr. King and the Black Panthers. She discusses her feelings on the last draft board and "Project Return." Boozer explains her time at the Seminary, the transition from the Seminary to becoming a Reverend, her experience being Vicar of Emmanuel Missions in Birkenfeld and St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, the changing demographic of St. Philip. Afterwards, she goes into details about past reverends, Ramsey Schadewitz, Karl Reich, Sally Lambert, and Richard Green. She concludes the interview by explaining the difficulty she had leaving the church when she retired, how the church is connected to the Urban League of Portland, and her thoughts her own life and what she has accomplished. [Interview conducted by Chris Petersen. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 1:03:27
Digital File 10: Olivo, Karen and Andrew Parodi, July 23, 2012 Add to Shelf
Karen Olivo and Andrew Parodi begin by chronicling Karen's early life and her time spent living in Alaska. They continue by discussing how Karen met Arthur Olivo, her future husband, while attending De Anza Community College; Arthur's work at Center for Employment Training in central California; and how Arthur and Karen began their relationship. The bulk of the interview begins when they explain Arthur's decision to move to Oregon. During this part of the interview they detail their time working and living at Colegio César Chávez in Mount Angel, Oregon. They discuss the physical grounds of the college; the people they interacted with while they were there; events at the college; ethnic discrimination they endured; and the politics behind the closing of the college. Throughout the interview the two discuss aspects of Mexican culture and the family structure of the culture. They conclude by explaining the end of Arthur's life and how having him in their life impacted them. [Interview conducted by Natalia Fernández. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 2:26:43
Series 3: Interview, 2013 Add to Shelf
Extent: 1 sound file
Digital File 11: St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church/Urban League of Portland group interview, Mat 8, 2013 Add to Shelf
Participants were: Herbert Amerson, Geoffrey Brooks, Gerry Caldwell, Myrtle Carr, Allison Logan Belcher and Joe Nunn. The group discusses the Urban League of Portland, St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, and the city of Portland with a particular focus on the times during which each participant was growing up. Other topics discussed include: housing and job discrimination, racism, the Ku Klux Klan, and education.
Extent: 1:16:31
Series 4: Interviews, 2014 Add to Shelf
Extent: 5 sets of video files; 1 sound file
Digital File 12: Durden, Earnel, February 18, 2014 Add to Shelf
Durden discusses his high school years in Los Angeles as an African American and rising football player; recruitment and experiences as a student, African American, and athlete at Oregon State University; his relationship with Tommy Prothro as a player and assistant coach; his various coaching experiences at Compton Junior College, Long Beach State University, UCLA, and for the Rams; and a brief description of his children's sports careers. [Interview conducted by Dwaine Plaza in connection with an event focusing on the desegregation of OSU football. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 1:20:00
Digital File 13: Trujillo, Juan, October 29, 2014 Add to Shelf
This interview begins with Juan Trujillo’s background, including where he was raised and the background of his parents. Trujillo then discusses his education from high school to college at BYU and then in Texas. He also mentions several of his past mentors before stating his reasons for choosing to apply for a job at Oregon State University. After this, he details the past job duties he has held and his current position as assistant professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society. The classes he teaches and has taught range from Spanish linguistics, to English linguistics, to the Spanish Learning Community class, to DPD courses. Staying with the theme of OSU, Trujillo notes several people of importance from the university. To focus on diversity at OSU, Trujillo chronicles the changes in diversity at the university, the failures of the current OSU administrative bureaucracy to effect change, the cultural centers, his role in supporting faculty of color, and his recommendations for a more diverse campus. Trujillo highlights the lack of access to resources that people of color face at OSU and in Corvallis due to its limitations as a small community. Then, speaking on a national level, Trujillo talks of the racism and wage disparity that many minorities face. The interview transitions into a more personal tone when Trujillo relays his decision to obtain a PhD, his recognition of his ethnic background, his production of a short film documentary regarding gay Mormon experiences, and his expressions through writing. To end the interview, Trujillo highlights his challenges at the university in regards to receiving tenure as well as noting his accomplishments. [Interview conducted by Buddy Terry, Reilly Quinn, and William Rowley as part of the Fall 2014 U-Engage ALS 199 “Untold Stories: Histories of People of Color in Oregon” OSU Faculty/Staff Oral History Project complied to create the digital book Untold Stories: Oral Histories of Faculty & Staff of Color at Oregon State University. Video and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 0:59:25
Digital File 14: Torres, Antonio, October 30, 2014 Add to Shelf
Antonio Torres begins by discussing his cultural background, being raised in Chile, and his education from elementary school to his undergraduate degree in Chile, to his masters and PhD at MIT in the United States. Torres then talks about his first mentor, his decision to come to Oregon State University, and his first impressions thereof. After this, he discusses his love of travel before delving into his jobs duties at Oregon State, including his role as a researcher and as an instructor. Because of the community at OSU, Torres notes several people he sees as people of importance to him from EOP and his graduate students. Also included in this is the importance of the creative architecture of some of OSU’s buildings. The interview switches to discuss diversity when Torres details personal experiences he had when first arriving in Corvallis. He has seen an increase in diversity over the years, and he highlights this when discusses the cultural centers. Building on this, Torres articulates Oregon State’s role in supporting faculty and students of color and his recommendations to improve that role. He then expresses frustration over the campus’ overutilization of its buildings before highlighting the differences between teaching in the United States and teaching overseas. He then details his scholarship program and the student successes therein. To end the interview, Torres reveals some of his greatest accomplishments: his students and his kids. [Interview conducted by Jacob Dimm, Nick Hawkins, and Jacob Novotny as part of the Fall 2014 U-Engage ALS 199 “Untold Stories: Histories of People of Color in Oregon” OSU Faculty/Staff Oral History Project complied to create the digital book Untold Stories: Oral Histories of Faculty & Staff of Color at Oregon State University. Video and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 1:01:29
Digital File 15: Stewart, Marilyn, November 3, 2014 Add to Shelf
Marilyn Stewart discusses her transition from high school to college and several experiences therein. She highlights some of her mentors while noting several courses in which she enrolled while in the military. Moving to Oregon State University, her initial impression was of the campus’ visual beauty. She has held many positions at OSU including: executive assistant, office coordinator, operations manager, advisor, academic counselor, and her current position as acting co-director for EOP. Highlighting the ways in which her poor experience with her high school counselor helped place her on a path of providing assistance to others, Stewart notes several people who have been important to her regarding her work at OSU. In terms of diversity, she feels that it has declined over time, but the Intercultural Student Services has helped this to change. Therefore, recruiting, preparing, and retaining students and faculty of color is the role of OSU as it pertains to fostering diversity. She gives some recommendations on how to accomplish this while highlighting the financial issues that people of color face. Following this, Stewart recounts her hiring process, how she came to the Corvallis community, the role of her programing in providing academic support to students, the challenges of her job, and the overall goal of helping students. In closing, Stewart touches upon her accomplishments, such as her family, joining the military, her college degrees, and student successes. [Interview conducted by Jordan Rodgers, Jenny Vorvik, and Viktor Rodriquez as part of the Fall 2014 U-Engage ALS 199 “Untold Stories: Histories of People of Color in Oregon” OSU Faculty/Staff Oral History Project complied to create the digital book Untold Stories: Oral Histories of Faculty & Staff of Color at Oregon State University. Video and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 0:37:22
Digital File 16: Mali, Urmila, November 14, 2014 Add to Shelf
Urmila Mali details her transition from high school in Tillamook to college in Corvallis as a positive experience due to the diversity of international students present at OSU. Some of her mentors include her sisters, EOP coworkers, and others. Mali then talks about her decision to attend OSU, her impressions of campus, her transition towards receiving a master’s degree, and her current position as acting co-director for Education Opportunities Program. Her usual position is as an academic counselor within EOP, and she relays the duties embedded within that position. Mali expresses gratitude for the diversity of the staff working in her department while detailing the increase of opportunities available to students of color. Within that, she mentions International Student Services as an important program for giving a voice to people of color. Following this acknowledgement, Mali recognizes the role of OSU in supporting students and staff of color as not only recruitment, but also retention. Moving away from OSU, Mali discusses her relationship with the Nepalese Association of Oregon, including her family’s initial involvement, its growth, and its events. She then mentions the documentary entitled Color of Fear as a tool for recognizing the racism that exists locally. This is followed by challenges Mali has faced in her career along with her accomplishments. In closing, Mali reiterates the importance of providing support services to students and staff in order to retain the diversity at OSU. [Interview conducted by Emilee Boyd, Jessica Tafoya, and Lauren Kimura as part of the Fall 2014 U-Engage ALS 199 “Untold Stories: Histories of People of Color in Oregon” OSU Faculty/Staff Oral History Project complied to create the digital book Untold Stories: Oral Histories of Faculty & Staff of Color at Oregon State University. Video and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 0:39:31
Digital File 17: Nishihara, Janet, November 18, 2014 Add to Shelf
Janet Nishihara discusses her transition from high school to college as an exciting opportunity while acknowledging several of her mentors at OSU. After highlighting various positions she has held at OSU, Nishihara relays her current position's job duties as interim associate provost for academic success and engagement and director of advising on campus. Regarding diversity, she discusses the changes she has seen at the university, which has improved in terms of student recruitment and retention. She brings attention to several important initiatives such as the Difference, Power, and Discrimination program and the cultural centers. Furthering this, Nishihara states what she believes to be OSU’s role in supporting staff and faculty of color within the Corvallis community. On a more personal level, Nishihara describes her role in supporting diversity as interacting with students and maintaining the momentum of change on campus. When discussing the numbers regarding diversity, Nishihara sees an increase in the university’s efforts to support students of color. This increase is, in part, due to the walk-out of black students in the 1960s that she chronicles as leading to the establishment of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP). Immigrant acculturation is an issue she discusses before talking about the Asian Pacific Cultural Center, its start, its role, and its new location. Relating back to her career, Nishihara then talks about the role of EOP and TRIO. Before closing, Nishihara recounts some of her greatest challenges including adjusting to a bigger city and being a woman of color on campus as well as some of her accomplishments including the DPD and student successes. [Interview conducted by Karly Rodgers, Hayley Pearson, and San Poil Whitehead as part of the Fall 2014 U-Engage ALS 199 “Untold Stories: Histories of People of Color in Oregon” OSU Faculty/Staff Oral History Project complied to create the digital book Untold Stories: Oral Histories of Faculty & Staff of Color at Oregon State University. Video and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 0:42:16
Series 5: Interview, 2015 Add to Shelf
Extent: 1 sound file.
Digital File 18: OSU Arts and Social Justice Living-Learning Community group interview, March 18, 2015 Add to Shelf
Participants were: Hunter Briggs and Jacq Allen. The interview begins with each interviewee discussing his/her major and his/her decision to enroll in Oregon State University. Following this, they chronicle their personal growth since attending Oregon State and being a part of the arts and social justice living learning community. The students then discuss their inspirations, ranging from family to friends to teachers. Personally, they each discuss their identities, the power structures within those identities, and how those have changed or been reinforced within the college setting. Focusing on the arts and social justice classes, they discuss the dynamics and what they found to be most impactful in the lectures, activities, and guests—many of which brought attention to the power hierarchy and identities of society. Within this same line of thought, they outlined their visions for the future and the ways in which programs like this can help spread equality. In ending, the students discuss some of the community projects they have conducted, what activism means, and thoughts they wish to express to the community about social inequalities. [Interview conducted by Maria Garcia. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Extent: 0:31:20
Series 6: Interviews, 2016 Add to Shelf
Digital File 19: Fred Milton Family group interview, February 19, 2016 Add to Shelf
Participants were: Loretta Milton, Zalika Gardner, and Isaiah Adams. The Fred Milton family interview begins with Loretta Milton, Fred Milton’s widow, sharing her experiences while attending Oregon State University during the 1969 Black Student Union (BSU) Walkout, her relationship with Fred Milton, including their struggles as an interracial marriage, and their lives in Utah, Montreal, Canada, and eventually Portland, Oregon. Loretta describes Fred’s dissatisfaction with the Canadian football team and his subsequent jobs in Portland as a community liaison for the police, his employment at IBM, and his work for the city government. Zalika Gardner, Loretta and Fred’s first child, then shares some recollections of her father including: his wisdom, sensitivity, and sense of humor; his love to share stories; his talent as an athlete; his very humble personality; and his values. Gardner then describes her grandfather, a sharecropper who worked in Arkansas and then moved with his family to the West and worked on the railroad; his personality and influence on Fred’s life. The conversation then returns to Loretta who describes in more detail the circumstances and events of the BSU Walkout at OSU in 1969, the students who led the Walkout, and the campus reaction. Isaiah Adams, Loretta and Fred’s grandson and Zalika Gardner’s son, shares his perspective on his relationship with his grandfather, his admiration for his grandparents, and the values that he learned from Milton. The interview turns back to Loretta who describes some of the personal aspects of her marriage with Fred including his talent for letter writing, the evolution of their relationship with her parents, and his integrity. Loretta then shares her knowledge regarding the relationship between Fred Milton and football coach Dee Andros including their time while Fred attended OSU and their reconciliation during Fred’s candidacy for Portland County Commissioner. Both Loretta and Zalika describe Fred’s intellect and love of learning and the environment in addition to his athletic abilities, and Isaiah shares how those characteristics within his grandfather affected him. The family recollects on Milton’s many talents as an athlete and his passion for coaching. They conclude the interview by reflecting upon the positive impact that Milton had on the OSU campus and the significance of his story and legacy. [Interview conducted by Dwaine Plaza. Audio and Transcript available online.]
Digital File 20: “Voices Without Borders” Stories of OSU Hmong and Latinx Students, February and March, 2016 Add to Shelf
During winter term 2016, two OSU student activists Mai Xee Yang and Nicthé Verdugo worked with Charlene Martinez, Associate Director of Integrated Learning for Social Change within Diversity & Cultural Engagement, on a project entitled Voices Without Borders for their Arts and Social Justice Practicum course. Part 1 of the interview begins with project participant introductions and with Verdugo explaining the interview purpose and structure. The purpose is to bring together the Hmong and Latino/Chicano communities to speak about the stories behind their families coming to the United States. The interview structure is for each person to have four minutes to share their story, followed by an opportunity for artistic expression, and closing with a reconvening to reflect on the stories shared and artwork created. The participants Alejandra Mendoza, Lorena Ambriz, Guadalupe Garcia, Warren Wang, Gina Chang, and Nitché Verdugo then share their parents’ immigration stories, their connections to their race/ethnicity, and reflections upon their own identities. In Part 2 Mai Xee Yang and Natalia Fernández share their family immigration stories and how they have shaped their lives. [Interview conducted by Nicthé Verdugo and Mai Xee Yang. Audio and Transcript available online.]
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