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.


Beth Blissman

Beth Blissman is the director of Oberlin College’s Bonner Center for Service and Learning. She works with students, faculty, and community members to connect the college’s work with specific community needs. She brings a sustainability focus to her work and enjoys exploring creative solutions to meet Oberlin’s goals. She enjoys organic gardening and she serves on several local and national nonprofit boards and committees. She feels closest to nature when she is gardening outside her house.

Randall Roberts

Randall Roberts is the Oberlin City Engineer. He was involved in the Complete Streets Project, which focuses on making sure Oberlin’s roads are truly shared with pedestrains and bikers.

Ali Yedes

Ali Yedes is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature and Comparative Muslim Cultures and Civilizations. He also serves as Muslim Religious Life affiliate for the Oberlin College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Professor Yedes enjoys teaching, meditation, prayer and supplications, Sufi chanting, ballroom dance and martial arts.

Sharon Bittner

Sharon Bittner Interview by: Shane Clark Q: What are some words or images that come to mind when you think of Oberlin? A: Well certainly its historical significance. To me, it’s scenic- Tappan Square, that kind of thing, overall pretty friendly- probably one of the nicest places I’ve ever lived. Q: You say it’s scenic- what’s your favorite view of Oberlin? […]

Suzy Owda

Suzy Owda is the new General Manager of Aladdin’s Eatery in Downtown Oberlin.

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.