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Very White-Looking

“I remember having to make a distinct choice of who I was going to hang out with.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Very White-Looking Edited by Nick Ladeau Transcript for Very White-Looking So my dad’s from Mexico, and my mom’s from Wisconsin, so I’m really Mexican-American. And he decided that we live in America, […]

I Didn’t Want to Be the Stigma Anymore

“I tried to make it as much about love…I love you so much, I’m going to call you out on your bullshit.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · I Didn't Want To Be The Stigma Anymore Edited by Nick Ladeau Transcript for I Didn’t Want to Be the Stigma Anymore I came into college going, […]

Never Felt Pressured to Wear It

“I don’t always like to make my identity so easy for people.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Never Felt Pressured To Wear It Edited by Rebecca Werner Transcript for Never Felt Pressured to Wear It When I was younger I started school at a Islamic private school: Annoor Academy, which was in Knoxville, Tennessee. […]

Starting to Change

“As I got older…my freedom to be outside was definitely different.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Starting To Change Edited by Olivia Brown Transcript for Started to Change I live in Northwest Indiana for about eight months now. I just moved there last year. I lived in Dolton before. Dolton is, it’s more of […]

Some of the Best Ground in the World

“Nowadays, most of these farms have ripped all the fences out and they can take the 40-acre fields and they make them into 200 and 300.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Some of the Best Ground in the World Edited by Nick Ladeau Transcript for Some of the Best Ground in the World I’m […]

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 […]

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, […]