Transcribing Interviews!

Today I transcribed a very interesting interview of Nancy Kurtz Falck, from the W&M Class of 1950. Nancy spoke about different gender constrictions such as the curfew for women during her time at W&M, dress code for playing sports, dating, and restriction on riding in cars. It was fascinating to hear about how her boyfriend at the time, now husband, had to notify the Dean of Women every time he came to see her. I thought about how different her dating experience has been as compared to mine. In addition, Nancy spoke about how women were not allowed to ride in cars in the Williamsburg area without permission and farther than the Williamsburg, women needed parental permission. In terms of academics, Nancy spoke about being a woman in the sciences at W&M and the difficulties she faced. “I would say they were quite challenging particularly as a woman. I was a woman who was actually Pre-Med. I had one teacher say I don’t teach women, and I had to have the class to be Pre-Med and I had to go through my usual thing try it you’ll will like it”. In addition to gender constriction, Nancy also expanded on her memories she had made, the friendships that she had crafted, and the laughs she had with the women she lived with. Not only was I surprised by how different Nancy’s experience was compared to mine, I was inspired by her involvement in the college and her positive outlook on life.

CBPR and Flood Mapping in Esfuerzo de Paraiso – Matthew Crittenden

The Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methodology is one of the core tenets of SOMOS and the work we do. It stresses the importance of community engagement in sustainable development projects and attempts to dismantle the hierarchical donor-recipient relationship which most traditional development projects possess. Through pursuing a more egalitarian partnership, we hope to increase community ownership in Esfuerzo de Paraiso and the community’s capacity to sustainably improve health outcomes. The role of the community in our partnership is incredibly important because improved health outcomes can be sustained only if they are maintained and sought to be improved in our absence (when SOMOS members are not physically in the community).

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Israeli Social Travel and Software Development: Update 1

After taking a few weeks in Jerusalem to settle in, I started my internship at GoWith on Monday, July 2. One week prior to the start of the internship, our CEO notified us of some major changes in our roadmap and goals for the summer. I can’t go into detail about what exactly these were, because I’m under a confidentiality agreement with the startup, but I’ll speak generally about it. The biggest new information I gained was that we’d be focusing on iOS development using Swift and Xcode. Quick changes and directional shifts like this are, of course, normal in a startup environment, and I knew this going in. Still, my first week of iOS development presented significant challenges.

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