Jude Grunder

Date of Interview: February 15, 2020

Interview Location: Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

Pronouns: They/them

Place of Birth: Champaign, Illinois

Birth Year: 1999

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Jude talks about growing up in small-town Illinois as a multi-racial and gender non-conforming person, their struggles with mental and physical health, and their experiences as a student at Grinnell College.

 

Kelsey Sawtelle

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Date of Interview:  March 8, 2020

Interview Location: Marshalltown Public Library

Pronouns: She/her

Place of Birth: Marshalltown, Iowa

Birth Year: 1988

Occupation: Library Assistant, Dance Teacher

Interviewer: Hope Nowak

Summary:  In her interview, Kelsey discusses growing up in Marshalltown, Iowa, discovering her sexuality in college, and redefining the role of religion in her life.

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Sara Riggs

Date of Interview:  May 7, 2020

Interview Location: Zoom (remote)

Pronouns: She/her

Place of Birth: Phoenix, AZ

Birth Year: 1972

Occupation: Library Assistant

Interviewer: Hope Nowak

Summary:  In her interview, Sara discusses growing up in Cedar Rapids, redefining her religion and spirituality, navigating relationships, and raising her kids. 

 

 

 

Sophie BadSoldier Snow

Date of Interview: May 5, 2020

Interview Location: Zoom

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Iowa

Birth Year: 2005

Occupation: student

Interviewer: Payson Dai

Summary: Sophie and her mom, Stephanie, talk about their personal experiences, institutional experiences, and insights as Meskwaki, as well as Sophie’s high school life, memories from growing up in the Meskwaki settlement, and her identities.

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Oliver Lawrence

Photo Artist: Margot Heron

Date of Interview: February 24th, 2020

Interview Location: Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Pronouns: They/them

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois

Birth Year: 1998

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Oliver discusses growing up in Illinois, their involvement with Christianity, coming out as bisexual and non binary, and their experience with medical transition in Iowa.

Caitlin Richter

Date of Interview: 

Interview Location: May’s dorm room

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Florida

Birth Year: 1997

Occupation: student

Interviewer: May Kurata

Summary: Caitlin talks about being involved in the Gay Straight Alliance and Third Wave, student groups at her high school. She identifies as bisexual and talks about how it took her until college to fully realize that. She also discusses LGBT community on Grinnell’s campus and her involvement with Grinnell intersectional vegans and the union for Grinnell dining student workers.

Isabel Cooke

Date: March 16th, 2019

Location: High Street, Grinnell, IA

Birthplace: Waterloo, IA

Interviewer: Reed Essex

Pronouns: she/her, they/them

Summary: Isabel talks about the nature of religion and how it has effected her own identity formation, her family and the relationships that we maintain, and Iowa as the center of many of her stories.

Marlu Carolina Abarca

 

Date of Interview: April 14th, 2019

Interview Location: JRC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: California

Birth Year: 1992

Occupation: Bilingual Services Library Assistant at Des Moines Public Library

Interviewer: Amari

Summary: In this interview, Marlu talks about growing up in California, the cultural differences between her American and Mexican identities, discovering her multiethnic identity and learning to embrace it despite pushback from her peers, coming out to her parents as bisexual, and how she ended up working as a librarian (and how much she loves it).

Hannah Dorf

Date of Interview: February 25, 2019

Interview Location: Grinnell, IA

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Wheaton, Illinois

Birth Year: 1998

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: Lydia James

Summary: In this interview, Hannah discusses growing up in a Chicago suburb, and not having a sense of belonging. As she moved to Grinnell, IA for college, she discusses how she has found her people and no longer feels isolated.