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.


Sharon Pearson

Sharon Pearson Interview by: Jamilah Grizzle July 21, 2017 Q: How long have you been in Oberlin? A: I was born and raised in Oberlin. My claim to fame that I tell everybody when they ask me to  tell them about myself, is that I played baby Jesus in the Baptist church here. That is somewhat significant because my godfather […]

Rosa Gadsden

Rosa Gadsden Interview by: Sarah Reddy September 26, 2017 Rosa Gadsden is a long time Oberlin resident and community member. She currently works at Oberlin Community Services as the volunteer coordinator and coordinator of the People’s Garden, a community garden located at OCS. She is a self-labeled “grazer” in the garden, and has a knack for growing food in plastic […]

Bikalpa Baniya

Bikalpa Baniya Interview by: Ananya Gupta September 23, 2017 Bikalpa Baniya is a third year at Oberlin College, majoring in Economics. He’s an international student from Nepal and is dedicated to education in Nepal and everywhere he can leave his mark. He’s a Bonner scholar, Ninde tutor, and often teaches at Langston Middle School. He is currently working on connecting […]

Ritesh Isuri

Ritesh Isuri Interview by: James Cato September 25, 2017   Ritesh Isuri is a second-year Oberlin College student who lives in a co-op. He hails from the Mauritius, an island nation off the southeast Coast of Africa, and is a frequent volunteer both at home and in his new home, Oberlin Ohio. Ritesh is interested in the environment and has […]

Lisa Carle

Lisa Carle Interview by: Amy Wang September 27, 2017 Lisa Carle is a graduating Oberlin College class of 2018student. She is a Bonner Scholar, and she has been volunteering in Oberlin Early Childhood Center since her freshman year. During this interview, Lisa brought in her perspectives on the relationship between Oberlin students and Oberlin Community. Lisa is very interested in […]

Kira Findling

Kira Findling Interview by: Jonah Fox October 1, 2017 Kira Findling is an Oberlin College Student. She volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lorain County. Every week she meets up with a fifth grader from Prospect elementary to play battleship, talk about her week, and eat snacks. Q: Can you tell me what it’s like to be with […]

Kim Faber

Kim Faber Interview by: Antonia Offen September 23, 2017 Kim Faber is a professor of Spanish Language and Teacher Training. She is from California and received her Masters in Research from UC Davis. Faber started the Spanish In The Elementary Schools (SITES) program in 2005 and has been Program Director ever since. “To immediately apply what you’re taught about in […]

Jody Kerchner

Jody Kerchner Interview by: Madeleine Gefke September 18, 2017 Jody L. Kerchner is Professor of Music Education and Director of the Pedagogy/Advocacy/Community Engagement (PACE) Division at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  She is the founder and conductor of the Oberlin Music at Grafton (OMAG) Prison Choir and provides college students with the opportunity to sing as choir members alongside the […]

Aliya Ultan

Aliya Ultan Interview by: Rebecca Wood September 29, 2017 Aliya Ultan is Junior studying Cello and Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory.  She has spent lots of time in Oberlin during the school year, but also over summer, fall, and winter breaks where she was able to experience firsthand what Oberlin is like without its student population.  She was Program Director […]

India Wood

India Wood Interview by: Otto Vock October 1, 2017 India Wood is a fourth year student at Oberlin College majoring in psychology with a concentration in education. She volunteers as a program facilitator with Our Whole Lives (OWL), an after school program focusing on providing comprehensive sex and health education to young people. India’s work provides valuable insight into how […]