On August 30, 2018, Keith, a then first-year African American man at the university did an interview, where he talked about his intended major, his interests, and other thoughts about life as a college studen. He followed up his second year on October 1, 2019 with another interview focusing on the same topics, and he did a third inteview on October 9, 2020. Earlier this semester, Keith saw me on campus and reminded me that he hadn't done his annual interview yet. He did this interview, his fourth year participating, on October 13, 2021.
Keith is among a group of nearly 180 black students who have participated in our oral history project, Academic Journeys. Some students did just one interview. Others did two and three. Keith and another student, Jaala, have now done four interviews -- one each year since 2018, when the project began.