Voices of SMU Oral History Project
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The Voices of SMU Oral History Project documents the history of the university from the perspectives of our alumni of color. Undergraduate and graduate students conduct oral history interviews for the SMU Archives, many of which are made available online in the Southern Methodist University Oral History and Digital Humanities Student Projects digital collection. By recording the experiences of underrepresented alumni, we hope to take steps towards creating a more diverse atmosphere at SMU. Our over 200 interviews document not only the history of the university, but our country as well, including the desegregation of higher education, the experiences of African American, Latinx, and Asian university students, and Black and Brown student activism in Texas. They speak to growing up in Dallas’ Little Mexico; post-World War II African American community-building in places such as Hamilton Park, Dallas; studying as an undocumented student; organizing as minority seminarians and student activists; and shaping community life, churches, and the business world upon graduation.
Student research assistants get valuable experience in research, interviewing, and project management. They present at national conferences and submit their work for publication. Your support funds these student research positions ($1500/semester) and closed captioning of the interviews, essential for accessibility ($1.25/minute; ~$75/interview).