ABOUT US

The Welcome Project at Valparaiso University provides ongoing opportunities for campus and community members to tell their stories through audio and video. We hope that these stories illuminate the complex state of relationships on campus and in the surrounding community at the same time that they help us discover those things we share in common.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

All of the stories gathered by the Welcome Project are first-person accounts in which participants describe how events mattered to them. We value these accounts for the perspective they provide on experience even when the stories do not reflect the views of the Welcome Project staff. First person stories derive their power from the specific location of a particular individual. By valuing each individual perspective, we hope to provide a space where a collective portrait begins to emerge.

FEATURED STORY

Every few weeks we'll post a new clip with a title and quote from an interview.

It's a Lot Like High School

“I feel like the Midwest is very–not old fashioned–but socially conservative; anything that is not normal is either wrong or judged most of the time.”