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CCSRE Life Stories: Jacqueline Davies

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In her interview, Jackie Davies shares her journey from a one room school house in Vermont to California and back to Vermont; her experience as an outsider due to moving to California, poverty, and limited opportunities for enriching experiences. Now her work has come full circle as Student Services Director, which is much more than financial aid forms – she has an intuitive way of working with individual students and families that is personal and direct.

 

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Jackie Davies, Student Services Director

Dana Yeaton, Interviewer

 

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CCSRE Life Stories: Jonathan Miller-Lane

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In his interview, Jonathan Miller-Lane, an education studies professor and Aikido instructor, compares liberal arts and martial arts and the depth of study that both of these require; he would like people to substitute the word ‘busy’ for ‘mindless’; he thinks Middlebury is at an interesting crossroads with regard to the diversity of its community, not because it is not diverse enough, but that it is time to stop saying that we are not talking about it (race or sexuality) and create more opportunities  and invitations do things with others who are not like ourselves; he wants his students to ask themselves a different question than what do I want to do or achieve, but what am I doing here and what do I want to care for?

 

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Jonathan Miller-Lane

Associate Professor of Education Studies

Gabby Arca, interviewer

 

 

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CCSRE Life Stories: Mukui Mbindyo

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In her interview, Mukui Mbindyo describes her experience as a woman of color in Houston, Texas and then after high school, at Middlebury College, where she felt visible as a minority student, but invisible because she did not meet the standards of beauty of the college.  As a result of her discomfort with Middlebury’s culture, she became much more political, putting her energy in to feminist issues and social justice on campus.

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Mukui Mbindyo

Susan Burch

Associate Professor of American Studies; Head of Life Stories project

 

 

 

 

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity.  In her interview, Barbara Ofosu-Somuah describes her life journey from Ghana, where she lived until she was nine, through her arrival in Middlebury as a member of Posse, and her discomfort with the sometimes circular assumptions from other Middlebury students that if you are black and a Posse scholar, then you are poor, not, if you are a Posse scholar, you are a leader. She also felt that as a black woman, she was an object of interest and at times her body was not her own, and in particular her hair was an object of interest. The ultimate question is, what does it mean to be a student of color at Middlebury?

Barbara Ofosu-Somuah

Middlebury Posse Scholar 2011

Watson fellow, 2013-2014

Will Nash

Professor of American Studies and English and American Literatures, Faculty co-Head, Wonnacott Commons

 

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity.  In her interview, Yonna McShane describes her life growing up in Poultney Vermont, her years as a clinical psychologist and how her career at Middlebury College  gradually  grew into more research and prevention, and how, over the thirty years she has worked her, the student body, and the whole college community has become more diverse, racially and socioeconomically. Also, since the 1990s, there has been more awareness of disability and the College has had to adapt its buildings and programs for a more diverse population. Yonna McShane discusses her work in CTLR and her interactions with the general student body, the changes in the makeup of the student body.

Yonna McShane

Director of Learning Resources/Lecturer in Psychology

Dana Yeaton

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

 

 

 

Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In her interview, Lydia Jun describes growing up in a Korean neighborhood in Los Angeles. She contrasts that experience with the reality at Middlebury College in terms of race and class.

 

Lydia Jun, Christopher DiOrio

 

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CCSRE Life Stories Project: Kaye-Lani Laughna

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity.  In her interview, Kaye-Lani Laughna explains that, although she grew up in Upper Peninsula, Michigan, she experienced international travel and study abroad throughout her life.  These experiences led her to her current job in the Middlebury College’s Office of International Students and Scholar Services.

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Kaye-Lani Laughna
International Student & Scholar Advisor

Susan Burch
Associate Professor of American Studies; Director, CCSRE; Head of Life Stories project

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CCSRE Life Stories Project: Susan Watson

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In her interview, Susan Watson discusses adapting lessons from High School to teaching in college, her strategy of isolation for dealing with being a woman in a predominantly male field, the TA who became her mentor in college, lunch discussions with past generations of female physicists, the importance of brutal honesty in mentoring colleagues, how the size of Middlebury has helped her get to know students, and creating an environment where people are encouraged to succeed.

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Susan Watson
Professor of Physics

Susan Burch
Associate Professor of American Studies; Director, CCSRE; Head of Life Stories project

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CCSRE Life Stories Project: Roman Graf

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In his interview, Roman Graf talks about his reluctance to teach at a liberal arts college in New England, the politics of Jeans Day, the difficulty of individual expression in a professional environment before tenure, his prejudices of small-town living, the difference between America and Europe in terms of sexism, racism, and homophobia, learning to say “yes”, why working as a diversity administrator created a daily experience of negativity, how a blind student helped him improve teaching, and why we need “theory checks” instead of “reality checks”.

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Roman Graf
Professor of German and Head of the Brainerd Commons

Susan Burch
Associate Professor of American Studies; Director, CCSRE; Head of Life Stories project

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CCSRE Life Stories Project: Arthur Choo

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“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In his interview, Arthur Choo talks about the “global community” ideal in higher education, the experience of activism while being an ethnic minority, how an individual’s idea of race affects their perception of self, the effect of political correctness on classroom discussions, the humor of stereotypes, the difference between the ideal of diversity and the reality in the dining halls, combating the feeling of exclusivity in the Korean American Student Association, and the paradox of the success of minority students.

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Arthur Choo
Sociology Major at Middlebury College

Susan Burch
Associate Professor of American Studies; Director, CCSRE; Head of Life Stories project

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