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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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“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, Adam Sawamura shares how he has changed as a result of his classes at Middlebury, particularly Education in the U.S.  and that his future plans involve working for social justice; he thinks what’s missing from the diversity conversations here are the voices of the poor because even students of  lower socio-economic status have had consistent access to decent education; he plans to teach when he graduates.

 

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Adam Sawamura

Madeleine Winterfalcon

 

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CCSRE Life Stories Project: Roman Graf

Learn more about the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity  at Middlebury College.

“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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