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.


Zach Tesler

Zach Tesler Interview by: Melissa Cabat Q: What words/images would you use to describe Oberlin? A: Community, small town, rural. Q: Why would you choose these words/images?  A: Because it’s a rural, small town, but there’s a real sense of community, or at least there’s a wide range of people coming together and getting to know each other. Coming from […]

Maddie Batzli

Maddie Batzli (class of 2017) is a Sociology major and Environmental Studies minor from Madison, WI. This is her second semester on the RCT. She also runs on the cross country and track and field teams at Oberlin, and she writes and performs acoustic pop/folk music.

Erin Ulrich

Erin Ulrich Interview by: Maria Roussos Q: Can you describe how the Eastwood Outdoor Classroom works, and what the program is designed to do? A: The program has been in effect for a pretty long time and it’s run as any other ExCo in the college in terms of structure. There are typically two college students that teach the ExCo to other Oberlin college […]

Amethyst Carey

Amethyst Carey Is a student at Oberlin College where she is also the recipient of the Bonner Scholarship. Bonner Scholars are committed to community service projects and programs that aid in the betterment of the overall Oberlin Community as strengthening the connection between the college and town.  

Phillip Lundquist

Philip Lundquist is the graduate assistant for civic engagement at the Bonner Center for Service and Learning. He works with a small student staff to help advance the many goals of the BCL through ecological communication.

Naomi Roswell

Naomi Roswell is a student at Oberlin College. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and spent her time learning, dancing, hiking, and organizing. At Oberlin, aside from taking classes, she is the co-chair of Girls and Boys in Motion and is working to get Oberlin College to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry.

Emma Blackman

Emma Blackman (she/her/hers) is a third year student from Glen Ridge, NJ. She’s a Psychology major and Hispanic Studies minor. In her free time, she is co-chair of SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities) and Music Mentors, sings in the Acapelicans, is a head cook in her co-op, and is the accessibility coordinator of the Oberlin Songwriters.

Dennis Grieve

Dennis Grieve was born in Medina, Ohio. He has a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University and is the sole proprietor of a landscape contracting company in Houston, Texas. Grieve was a horticulturist at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C and Grounds Services Manager of Oberlin College since 1997. He is a certified Permaculture Designer as of 2009. Grieve is a father of two as well as a scuba diver and golfer.

Michele Gross

Michele Gross is the Director of Business Operations and Dining Services. She has worked for Oberlin College for 35 years.

Bill Frawley

Bill is 34 years old. He is the proud father of two children. He has been working at Oberlin
College since 2006 and lives in Grafton. He’s currently cleaning up an old dump site that was on the property and recycling all materials from it. He plants a garden every year and is Head
Baseball Coach at Lorain County Community College.