Groundswell image. Photo by Kristen La Follette

Groundswell image. Photo by Kristen La Follette

Groundwell listening event

Groundwell listening event

Narrative Community

I am proud to be involved in three impassioned organizations within the oral history community.  

Groundswell Oral History for Social Change

I am a part of the Practitioner Support Network working group for Groundswell, a network of oral historians, activists, community organizers, and culture workers that are committed to using personal narrative as a vehicle for social change. The working group organizes the Practitioner Support Network, a monthly chat session with oral historian/activists to discuss prevailing themes and issues surrounding the type of work we do. To join an upcoming chat session or to suggest a topic for a session, please visit the Groundswell website.   

Asian American Oral History Collective workshop. Photo by Danny Kim

Asian American Oral History Collective workshop. Photo by Danny Kim

The Asian American Oral History Collective

The Asian American Oral History Collective is a small group of Asian American activists and community organizers who base their work in New York City. We work together to provide peer support and guidance for each others' respective projects. I found this group invaluable in helping me to think through recurring problems that arise in narrative work. For more information or to join, please visit the Asian American Oral History Collective website.

Columbia University Oral History Alumni Association Board of Directors (2014-2016)

The Columbia Oral History Alumni Association (COHAA) was formed in the summer of 2014 to develop projects and programming for the graduates of Columbia University's Oral History Master of Arts program. The goals of the COHAA are to facilitate connection and collaboration; create lasting bonds of friendship and colleagueship; support the independent work of affiliates; encourage and promote career development; contribute to and enrich our practical and theoretical expertise; and advance both the populism and professionalization of the field of oral history. Please email us or visit the COHAA Facebook page for updates on events or conversations on oral history topics. And check out the upcoming oral history online journal I'm working on with fellow COHAA members, In Context Journal