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.


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. […]

Maggie Robinson

Maggie Robinson Interview by: Carolyn Burnham August 20, 2015 Maggie Robinson is an Oberlin native and has worked at the College for over 35 years. She is currently the Manager of Academic Operations and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and has worked for many different departments as well. Robinson is passionate about serving as […]

Cullen Naumoff

Cullen Naumoff Interview by: Bryan Rubin Cullen Naumoff joined the Oberlin Project in September 2014 as the Director of Sustainable Enterprise. Naumoff leads the sustainable economic initiatives to drive smart growth in and around Oberlin, Ohio. Naumoff brings to this role innovative and inclusive strategies that aim to both attract and grow triple bottom lined businesses in the community. Prior to joining The […]

Lynn Powell

Lynn Powell Interview by: Mikaila Hoffman Lynn Powell is a professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She has published two books of poetry and one non-fiction book. She created and continues to teach the “Teaching Imaginative Writing” course at Oberlin, where she assists interested college students in running week long poetry residencies at Langston Middle School. The course is partially […]

Lester Allen

Lester Allen Interview by: Carolyn Burnham   Lester Allen visited his father in Oberlin during his childhood summers and felt so at ease within the community that he decided to make it his permanent home as an adult after service in the military. Allen began work at the Oberlin Postal Department, connecting with people of all ages as he delivered […]

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes Interview by: Rick Yu Yue   Sean Hayes is Executive Director of The Oberlin Project, a joint effort of the City of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and individual and institutional partners, to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of the Oberlin community through development of a robust, vibrant, and local post-carbon economy. Prior to joining The Oberlin Project, Hayes was the […]