One Tribe, One Family…really?

A popular phrase for we William and Mary students is “One Tribe, One Family.” We shout it, we wear it on bracelets, some of you may even have it tattooed on your bodies. But I have begun to wonder if the current student body, myself included, fully appreciates what this affirmation means.

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Non-Profits, Social Capital, and a 1,600-Mile Leap of Faith

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Balance and Imbalance: Conflicts in Interpretation

In a few weeks I will be going down to South Carolina to begin the interview process for my research project. In preparation I have taken notes from the Principles and Best Practices and Responsibility to the Public and to the Profession section of the Oral History Association’s website. I am very excited for my first experience as an Oral Historian. At the same time, I am very nervous. I am not nervous to talk to my established interviewees, but I am nervous about presenting the correct interpretation of the interviewees and the Horry County, South Carolina community.

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June 11: First Block Group Meeting

After countless hours of writing and editing an agenda for our first block meeting with Block A, the community flooded, so entrance to the community was blocked by the canada. We took the extra time outside of the community to continue refining our agenda, and went into Tuesday with excitement and slight apprehension over facilitating our first meeting. We spent a few solid hours doing SNA work when we got to the community. We have interviewed almost all of the women in Block C and are on our way through Block B.

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June 9: Beginning SNA and Block Group Planning

A few days ago, we ran a pilot SNA (Social Network Analysis) survey in the community, testing it on adult males so as not to contaminate our pool of eventual adult female participants. The interviews ran between ten and twenty minutes, and we spent a lot of time with pilot interviewees rewording the questions and learning what needs to be emphasized while we are running the actual interviews. We also worked with Dr. Aday late into the evening over Skype to gain a deeper understanding of the purpose of this round of SNA and clarify and reshape the questions to foster answers with that in mind. The questions focus on communication of health and flooding issues within the community. We want to know who community members discuss these issues with and learn more about these relationships (including where, how often, and about what specifically they speak with one another) to better understand the organic structures and patterns of communication that exist within Esfuerzo.

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