For those following the Undocumented Voices project, the project has seen many changes (to our name, team, and mission) as we strive to create an inclusive and comprehensive archive of oral histories documenting the history of the undocumented youth movement in Arizona and California.
After many sketches, mock-ups, and deliberation, Undocumented Voices now has a new logo design. Although we have a partnership with the UCLA Labor Center, the ASU team has decided to create a logo that represents the sentiments of the Arizona movement, specifically. Our logo represents our project’s focus, stories about the movement, and its leaders. These stories most often reflect the feeling and experience of being undocumented. We have therefore created a word cloud using the most frequent words associated with these stories.
We have also been in constant contact with ASU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). In order to collect oral history interviews, the project needs the IRB’s approval. We are in the process of reviewing and revising our consent and recruitment forms, as well as our interview questions. Originally, our project would not be allowed to use the real names of individuals, forcing us to create a pseudonym for each interviewee. However, this was problematic, as undocumented individuals do not see themselves as vulnerable and the movement is moving towards a focus on personal identity. As the phrase “Undocumented and Unafraid” states, undocumented youth are not afraid to identify themselves. We expressed this sentiment to the IRB and they have agreed to not require pseudonyms for the interviews.
We are also happy to introduce Aidan Orsino and Cynthia Van Der Heyden, two new students who will be working on Undocumented Voices during the spring semester.
If you would like more information about our project, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources for word cloud logo:
“Learning to Be Illegal: Undocumented Youth and Shifting Legal Contexts in the Transition to Adulthood.”
“WISE UP!’’ UNDOCUMENTED LATINO YOUTH, MEXICANAMERICAN LEGISLATORS, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESS”
“Dreams Deferred: The Impact of Legal Reforms on Undocumented Latino Youth.”
“A Life in the Shadows: Problems Facing Undocumented Youth.”