Community Voices Articles


The Community Voices component of Environmental Dashboard is designed to celebrate and promote thought and action that build stronger, more sustainable and more resilient communities. Community members representing the diversity of this community are being interviewed to share their perspectives. Click below to view recent interviews or search by subject name, interviewer or any keyword or topic to view associated stories. Many of the quotes used for Community Voices slides are taken from these interviews.

   

Maryam Ghazala

Maryam Ghazala Interview by: Lily Jones September 27, 2017 Maryam Ghazala is an Iraqi student at Oberlin College. She volunteers at Community Action for Saving Strays as a part of her Bonner Scholarship. Q: How did you start volunteering at Community Action to Save Strays? A: I started volunteering for Community Action to Save Strays (or CATSS) as soon as […]


Hannah Rosenberg

Hannah Rosenberg Interview by: Tara Santora September 27, 2017 Hannah Rosenberg is an Oberlin College graduate who now lives in Oberlin and works at Oberlin Community Services as the Food Programs Coordinator. Q:    How did you come to work at Oberlin Community Services (OCS)? A: I went to Oberlin College. When I was a sophomore I did the OCS Winter […]


Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson Interview by: Natalie Phillips September 30, 2017 Deborah Johnson is an Oberlin College student from Chicago.  She is a Politics major, co-president of Oberlin’s slam poetry team, a Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct trainer, a Peer Advising Leader, and a member of the And What!? dance team.  Besides her extensive on-campus work and volunteerism, Deborah works within […]


Achilles Morales

Achilles Morales Interview by: Sophie Maffie September 22, 2017 Q: What kind of positive experiences bring volunteers back to work at United Citizen Power? What encourages people to keep volunteering? A: I think what keeps people coming back and our volunteers to enjoy the work, is that it [volunteering] is more than just tasks. Positive experiences come from sharing your […]


Cindy Andrews

Cindy Andrews Interview by: Jamilah Grizzle July 18, 2017 Cynthia Andrews is the Executive Director of Oberlin Community Services, where she has worked for the past three years. Prior to joining OCS, she served on their board, as well as for several other non-profit boards. She has lived in Oberlin for over a decade.  Q: How would you describe what […]


Ed Phillips

Ed Phillips Interview by: Jamilah Grizzle July 15, 2017 Ed Phillips has lived in Oberlin for almost a decade and is a regular at the Oberlin Farmers Market.  “The whole vibe here is good.” Q: What positive impacts do you see the farmers market having on your life and the community? A: In the immediate sense, this is how I […]


Kymaia Gadsden

Kymaia Gadsden Interview by: Jamilah Grizzle July 15, 2017 Kymaia Gadsden has lived in Oberlin for her entire life. She is 21 years old.  Q: What positive impacts do you see the farmer’s market having on your life and the community? A: The farmer’s market allows community members to gather together to support other community members and a way for […]


Lisa McGuthry

Lisa McGuthry Interview by: Jamilah Grizzle July 15, 2017 Lisa McGuthry is originally from Shaker Heights Ohio, and has been working at the Oberlin Farmers Market for about three years. Q: What positive impacts do you see the farmers market having on your life and the community? A: I believe that it’s really nice because you get to shop local. […]


Megan Warrens

Megan Warrens Interview by: Jamilah Grizzle July 15, 2017 Megan Warrens is originally from Pittsfield and lives in North Ridgeville. This is her second year coming to the Oberlin Farmers Market. Q: What positive impacts do you see the farmer’s market having on your life and the community? A: We see a lot of the same people shopping, every week, […]


Afia Ofori-Mensa

Afia Ofori-Mensa Interview by: Jamilah Grizzle and Kate Little July 7, 2017 Afia Ofori-Mensa is a specialist in narratives and cultures of communities of color in the 20th- and 21st-century U.S. Her primary research interests are in ethnic studies, American studies, women’s and gender studies, and popular culture studies. Her current book project examines relationships among femininity, race, and U.S. […]