Defining Moment

“I had a mother tell me, ‘Bring my boy home safe.’” Produced by Rebecca Werner. Transcript for Defining Moment At the time that 9/11 kicked off, I was working as a civilian police officer. Like the rest of the country, that impacted me greatly. Just getting my mind wrapped around that, “Wow, we’ve been attacked.” […]

This Whole Grace Thing Rocks

“Like I really enjoy this life thing, so I want to give it a shot, and part of that is accepting who I am.” Produced by Courtney Earl. Transcript for This Whole Grace Thing Rocks So I knew that I liked guys and girls when I was like thirteen. I was like this is really […]

Hollywood Marines

“You see the movies, and they’re going in there gung-ho, but it’s a lot different…you shoot them, but they’re going to shoot back.” Warning: story contains an ethnic slur. Produced by Rebecca Werner. Transcript for Hollywood Marines I spent thirteen months in country. And I was stationed south of Da Nang, called Chu Lai, Vietnam. […]

We Were Bussed

“… we were in school together, but we were separated.” Editing by Welcome Project intern Brandi Casada. Transcript for We Were Bussed Originally, the East Side of Gary, which is anything east of Broadway.  See, downtown was flourishing then, so we’re going to say from 8th Avenue down to 5th Avenue was the business district. […]

A Really Troubled Past

“It’s hard to argue with the values of a diverse population.” Edited by Reagan Skaggs.   Transcript for A Really Troubled Past Indiana has a really troubled past with race. Marion was a very segregated city, and Marion, Indiana is the site of the last lynching in Indiana in 1936. And I think that that […]

That Mentality

“The Marine Corps was like, ‘We’re gonna fix you… but it’s not gonna be fun.’ I was like, ‘I’m down for that.’” Produced by Rebecca Werner. Transcript for That Mentality I didn’t like the way my life was going. I was like, “I’m kind of a deadbeat right now in high school.” Like, I didn’t […]

Life has Yin and Yang

“Key things happen in your life that trigger you… put you on your path.” Produced by Dan Funderburg. Thanks to the Office of Multicultural Programs for organizing a story collection day during the Black Alumni Reunion. Transcript for Life has Yin and Yang I was fearful, anxious, and excited. The ride to Valparaiso, my dad […]

Forty Years an Educator

“Never, ever look the other way.” Edited by Reagan Skaggs. Transcript for Forty Years an Educator I probably over the years have had a couple incidents where someone used a racist term in class because there were no people of color in that classroom, and so they felt safe in doing it. And a lot […]