Let There Be Cake

“I don’t understand the experience of other minority groups. But I do understand the experience of being unsure and being scared, because you have to come out as being gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered…you never stop coming out.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Let There Be Cake Produced by Lisa Zandy Transcript for Let There […]

You Pay for It in the End

“At 13, I started waitressing…I was making more money than anybody I knew.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · You Pay For It In The End Produced by Amanda Yonushatis Transcript for You Pay for It in the End I was born in Maryville, Tennessee. It was a very small town at the time. We […]

Responding to a Report

“We tried to come to an understanding that there wasn’t any intent, there wasn’t any ulterior motive, you know, on behalf of the officers.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Responding To A Report from an interview with Michael Brickner, City of Valparaiso Chief of Police, 2013 Transcript for Responding to a Report Michael Brickner, […]

Barrier Number One

“If we can communicate with people then, you know, I think some of these other fears and reservations may subside a little bit.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Barrier Number One from an interview with Michael Brickner, City of Valparaiso Chief of Police, 2013 Transcript for Barrier Number One Michael Brickner, City of Valparaiso […]

You Have Hair on Your Arms

“It’s those kinda questions that people are asking and…you have to have a little patience…because they don’t know.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · You Have Hair On Your Arms Transcript for You Have Hair on Your Arms So, Valpo was kind of like a mirror image of a lot of places in the United […]

Valpo Fit the Bill

“The premise of the academic environment made it worth considering.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Valpo Fit The Bill Transcript for Valpo Fit the Bill I had competed for the military service academies, and I had a stack of scholarship offers all across the United States as a National Merit Scholar, but I also […]

Standing on Shoulders

“I was very fortunate because…people had gone through it already, you know, my brothers.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Standing On Shoulders Warning: story contains racial slurs. Find a bleeped version below. Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Standing On Shoulders – Bleeped Version Recorded over Zoom. Edited by Rebecca Warner. Transcript for Standing […]

Connective Tissue

“…that was fascinating, having a process where I feel I really met those actors and that creative team and really shared something with them. But I’ve never met them in real life.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Connective Tissue The Coronavirus pandemic has clearly thrown up barriers to our ability to gather physically together, […]

War Zone

“…there’s a legacy around the capacity to stand one’s own ground and say, ‘No, this is who we are. And this is what we stand for. And this is what we can do.’” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · War Zone This interview was recorded using Zoom. Transcript for War Zone I grew up in […]