Because I Can Forgive

“I can understand him so much more now as an adult but as a child it was very hurtful.” Edited by Rebecca Werner. Transcript for Because I Can Forgive So my mom and my birth father divorced when I was a baby. My birth father came back from Vietnam with a severe case of PTSD […]

To Germany and Back

“It really makes you a woman and makes you responsible.” Edited by Nick Ladeau. Transcript for To Germany and Back I graduated from Froebel High School, and my intention was not to go anyplace. I wanted to go to school. And I wanted to be a teacher. And my husband then because we were, after […]

Assimilating to a New Culture

“I think one of the greatest things about coming into a new culture and assimilating to it is the fact that you actually understand your culture better.” Edited by Nick Ladeau. Transcript for Assimilating to a New Culture I think one of the greatest things about coming into a new culture and assimilating to it […]

Divorce Themselves from Gary

“We had this huge exodus and the population went from majority white to majority black.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Divorce Themselves from Gary Edited by Rebecca Warner. Transcript for Divorce Themselves from Gary Well when I first started out, I was covering mostly high school stuff for the Post-Tribune. There were some great […]

How Did This Happen?

“That whole transition from having a nice house to being homeless – it was a shock.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · How Did This Happen? Edited by Amanda Yonushatis. Transcript for How Did This Happen? Part 1: How Did This Happen? “That whole transition from having a nice house to being homeless – it was a […]

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. […]