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Interview with Dr. Vershawn Young.

An audio recording of an interview conducted by Jermal Jones with Dr. Vershawn "Vay" Young, an artist, actor, diversity consultant and Professor, Joint Appointed, in Communications Arts and English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo where he has been the director of Waterloo's Black Studies program since its launch in 2022. The interview explores Dr. Vershawn Young’s family background, education, career path, published works, academic practice, experiences as a solo performance artist, professional actor, and faculty member at the University of Waterloo, his involvement in the Black Studies program at Waterloo, and his thoughts about the university today. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Samantha Lange.

An audio recording of an interview conducted by Jermal Jones with Samantha Lange, an undergraduate student studying physics in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo. The interview explores Samantha Lange’s family background, immigration from Trinidad to Canada, education, experiences as a student at the University of Waterloo including her participation in the Black Studies program and in several student organizations such as the University of Waterloo Science Society and FemPhys, and her thoughts about where the university will be at 100 years old in 2057. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Dr. Murchison Callender.

An audio recording of an interview conducted by Jermal Jones with Dr. Murchison Callender, Professor Emeritus, School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo. The interview explores Dr. Murchison Callender’s family background, immigration from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada, education, research, career path, legacy as perhaps the first Black faculty member in optometry in Canada, experiences working as a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, and his thoughts about where the university will be at 100 years old in 2057. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Lannois Carroll-Woolery.

An audio recording of an interview conducted by Jermal Jones with Lannois Carroll-Woolery, Manager of Data Analytics & Reporting for the Department of Institutional Analysis & Planning at the University of Waterloo, and current President of the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR). The interview explores Lannois Carroll-Woolery’s family background, immigration from Jamaica to Canada, education, involvement with the Association of Caribbean Students at the University of Waterloo and CCAWR, career path, experiences working as a staff member at the University of Waterloo, and his thoughts about where the university will be at 100 years old in 2057. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo

Interview with Darrell Adams.

An audio recording of an interview conducted by Jermal Jones with Darrell Adams, Head Coach for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and formerly the Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Waterloo men's football team. The interview explores Darrell Adams’s family background, education, experiences playing football in school and in professional leagues, his career as a football coach at several institutions including the University of Waterloo, and his thoughts about where the university will be at 100 years old in 2057. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae.

An audio recording of an interview conducted by Jermal Jones with Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae, artist, poet, and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo. The interview explores Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae’s family background, education, artistic and academic practice, current projects, experiences working as a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, and her thoughts about where the university will be at 100 years old in 2057. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

Black Oral Histories.

In partnership with the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism, the University of Waterloo Archives (UWA) conducted a series of interviews to capture the voices of Black students, faculty and staff connected to the University of Waterloo. The goal for the Black Oral Histories project was to preserve histories in a way that is familiar to Black identity and Blackness as the African diaspora has a deeply embedded oral history culture.

Interviewees were selected by members of an advisory committee that was struck to ensure the project captured a cross-selection of individuals from the Waterloo community. Working with Jermal Jones, Associate Director, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access, Library, six people were interviewed.

The interviewees include:

  • 1. Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae, artist, poet, and associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo

  • 2. Darrell Adams, Head Coach for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and formerly the Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Waterloo men's football team

  • 3. Lannois Carroll-Woolery, Manager of Data Analytics & Reporting for the Department of Institutional Analysis & Planning at the University of Waterloo, and current President of the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR)

  • 4. Dr. Murchison Callender, Professor Emeritus, School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo

  • 5. Samantha Lange, student studying physics in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo

  • 6. Dr. Vershawn Young, an artist, actor, diversity consultant and joint appointed professor in Communications Arts and English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo where he has been the director of Waterloo's Black Studies program since its launch in 2022

The collection contains the audio recordings and transcripts for each of the interviews.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Judi Jewinski.

An audio-visual recording of an interview conducted by Dr. Anne Millar with Judi Jewinski, retired Administrative Dean at Renison University College, for the Oral History Hub pilot project. The interview includes discussions about Jewinski's family background, their decision to come to Waterloo and the path that brought them here, as well as their thoughts about the institution and where it will be at 100 years old, in 2057. Additional topics include teaching, writing and grammar, drama, English literature, Renison College, Faculty of Arts, students, poetry readings, Association of English as a Second Language Association of Ontario, English Language Institute, Centre for Teaching Excellence, Gordon Stubley Language Competency Committee, Maurice Evans, Richard “Dick” Knight, Grace Logan, Harry Tuyn, Neil Hultin, Harry Logan, Gordon Slethaug, Tanya Missere Mihas, Michael Smyth, and Switzerland. The interview was conducted in-person in Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Jennifer Shousterman.

A sound recording of an interview conducted by Dr. Anne Millar with Jennifer Shousterman, Executive Assistant, Office of the President at the University of Waterloo, for the Oral History Hub pilot project. The interview includes discussions about Shousterman's family background, their decision to come to Waterloo and the path that brought them here, as well as their thoughts about the institution and where it will be at 100 years old, in 2057. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Jacky Beckford-Henriques.

An audio-visual recording of an interview conducted by Dr. Anne Millar with Jacky Beckford-Henriques, Swimming Head Coach, Athletics at the University of Waterloo, for the Oral History Hub pilot project. The interview includes discussions about Beckford-Henriques's family background, their decision to come to Waterloo and the path that brought them here, as well as their thoughts about the institution and where it will be at 100 years old, in 2057. Additional topics include immigration, Jamaica, coaching, Olympics, Jamaican National Swim Team, Learn to Swim, Swim Canada, Ontario University Athletics, university sport and swimming, Roly Webster, advocacy, anti-racism, George Floyd, Darrell Adams, Sadiq Sadiq, The Alliance, Black History Month, Black Excellence Interviews, diversity, Adventure for Change, and donors. The interview was conducted in-person in Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Don Cowan.

A sound recording of an interview conducted by Dr. Anne Millar with Don Cowan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, for the Oral History Hub pilot project. The interview includes discussions about Cowan's family background, their decision to come to Waterloo and the path that brought them here, as well as their thoughts about the institution and where it will be at 100 years old, in 2057. Additional topics include computer science, IBM, Computer Science Days, math contests, WATFOR, WATFIV, MicroWAT, Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, intellectual property, startups, co-op, Wes Graham, Ralph Stanton, Doug Wright, Ken Fryer, Paul Dirksen, Paul Cress, and Pat Fisher. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Camille Huo.

A sound recording of an interview conducted by Dr. Anne Millar with Camille Huo, a student in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo, for the Oral History Hub pilot project. The interview includes discussions about Huo's family background, their decision to come to Waterloo and the path that brought them here, as well as their thoughts about the institution and where it will be at 100 years old, in 2057. Additional topics include China, pharmacy, conditional admission to pharmacy, co-op, and COVID-19. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Brandon Sweet.

A sound recording of an interview conducted by Dr. Anne Millar with Brandon Sweet, Associate Director, Internal and Leadership Communications at the University of Waterloo, for the Oral History Hub pilot project. The interview includes discussions about Sweet's family background, their decision to come to Waterloo and the path that brought them here, as well as their thoughts about the institution and where it will be at 100 years old, in 2057. Additional topics include Wilfrid Laurier University, electronic music, rave culture, communications, speech writing, Federation of Students, student movement, culture wars, diversity, student referenda, University Senate, United Arab Emirates Satellite Campus, University of Waterloo fifth anniversary, COVID-19, the Gazette, the Daily Bulletin and Beyond the Bulletin. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Anita Layton.

A sound recording of an interview conducted by Dr. Anne Millar with Anita Layton, the Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematical Biology and Medicine, and Professor of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Pharmacy, and Biology at the University of Waterloo, for the Oral History Hub pilot project. The interview includes discussions about Layton's family background, their decision to come to Waterloo and the path that brought them here, as well as their thoughts about the institution and where it will be at 100 years old, in 2057. Additional topics include Hong Kong, immigration, Duke University, computer science, University of Toronto, the two-body problem, Canada 150 Research Chair, Associate Dean for Research, health research, gender equity, diversity, sex difference, and race difference. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

Interview with Aaron T. Francis.

A sound recording of an interview conducted by Dr. Anne Millar with Aaron Francis, PhD candidate, for the Oral History Hub pilot project. The interview includes discussions about Francis's family background, their decision to come to Waterloo and the path that brought them here, as well as their thoughts about the institution and where it will be at 100 years old, in 2057. Additional topics include Jamaica, Leeds, England, immigration, COM DEV, art, political science, and Francis's PhD studies. The interview was conducted virtually from Waterloo, Ontario. File also contains a transcript of the interview.

University of Waterloo Archives

University of Waterloo Oral History Hub pilot.

The University of Waterloo Archives (UWA) conducted an oral history pilot project in 2022 to actively document the University’s history through the lived experiences of staff, faculty, and students. This project took place to ensure that the perspectives of the interviewees are incorporated into the archival memory.

Interviewees were selected by members of an advisory committee that was struck to ensure the project captured a cross-selection of individuals from the Waterloo community. Working with historian Dr. Anne Millar, several staff, faculty, and students were interviewed.

The interviewees include:

  • Aaron Francis, PhD candidate, Balsillie School of International Affairs

  • Professor Anita Layton, Canada 150 Chair in Mathematical Biology and Medicine

  • Brandon Sweet, Associate Director, Internal and Leadership Communications, University Relations

  • Camille Huo, student, School of Pharmacy

  • Professor Don Cowan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Cheriton School of Computer Science

  • Jacky Beckford-Henriques, Swimming Head Coach, Athletics

  • Jennifer Shousterman, Executive Assistant, Office of the President

  • Judi Jewinski, retired Administrative Dean, Renison University College

The interviews include discussions about the interviewees family background, their decision to come to Waterloo and the path that brought them there, as well as their thoughts about the institution and where it will be at 100 years old, in 2057.

University of Waterloo Archives

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