Interviews by Decade: 2010s

Hector Mooney, class of 2011

In this interview, Hector Mooney, Brown University class of 2011, describes their experience traveling through Southeast Asia during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Mooney begins by explaining that they chose to attend Brown because the environment and politics were far different from their hometown’s in Virginia. They recall the transition from the Appalachian Mountains to Providence and cite how they learned to explore their gender identity while on campus. They also share how they came out to their parents and siblings.

Sara Matthiesen, class of 2015

In this interview, Sara Matthiesen, Brown University class of 2015, discusses her experiences as a professor and social justice activist in Washington, DC, during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Mary Gannon, class of 2017

In this interview, Mary Gannon, Brown University class of 2017, discusses the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on her work as the Wildlife Outreach Coordinator for the Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife and on local wildlife and conservation efforts.

Emily Tunkel, class of 2019

In this interview, Emily Tunkel, Brown University class of 2019, discusses their time at Brown and shares their experiences living through the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Shira Buchsbaum, class of 2019

In this interview, Shira Buchsbaum, Brown University class of 2019, describes her experiences as a graduate student and future librarian during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Soyoon Kim, class of 2019

In this interview, Soyoon Kim, Brown University class of 2019, describes her experience serving as a Program Coordinator at the Global Brown Center for International Students during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Diane Straker, Staff

In this oral history captured over the course of four interviews, Diane Straker, the Pembroke Center’s administrative assistant, details her experiences living in various states along the eastern seaboard and in Saint Thomas, her daughter’s struggle with Crescentic Glomerulonephriris, and working at Brown University.

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