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OHA’s Response to the Violent Attacks Against Asian Americans

March 22, 2021

In light of the recent violent attacks against the Asian American community, the OHA has done several things to support our friends and neighbors. We have signed onto a statement with fellow professional societies affiliated with the American Council of Learned Societies, decrying the violence. You can find the statement here: The Council has also gathered together resources that we might rely on as we stand firm against racial injustice pitted toward Asian and Pacific Islander communities. They include:

You can also:

If you have other resources you think we should include, please contact the Executive Office at gro.y1632498558rotsi1632498558hlaro1632498558@aho1632498558. We will continue to post everything we receive on this page.

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Anti-Oppression and Oral History Spring Workshop Series

The Oral History Association is proud to partner with the Columbia Oral History Master of Arts Program to co-sponsor a spring workshop series on Anti-Oppression and Oral History. This series will consist of five virtual workshops and is a continued collaboration from the Summer 2020 Anti-Oppression Workshop Series.

“Oral history has a strong tradition as a progressive practice, focused on amplifying marginalized voices not typically given powerful platforms to speak in public. Oral historians have documented the stories of struggles for justice around the world, and at times have participated in those struggles. At the same time, as a field oral history has excluded Indigenous people and practices from the legitimacy we have so laboriously built. Leadership in our organizations and institutions has been predominantly white, even while people of color have played key roles and invested their time and energy in building these institutions.

In this series, we share visions for oral history in which people of color – their knowledge, skills, practices and voices – are at the center of our practice. This is not a diversity approach, in which our field remains white-led but invites some people of color in. It is an anti-oppression approach, in which we reorient our work to challenge structural oppression actively, expecting that that will change our work and our field in deep ways. We invite you to learn, grow, imagine and be challenged.”

Find more information here:

The workshops will be free to everyone, with a sliding-scale suggested donation so instructors can be fairly paid.

Series at a Glance

March 20th, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Placing the Narrator at the Center: Design Co-Created Oral History Projects
Nairy AbdElShafy

April 23rd, 2021, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Oral History: A Working Praxis of Critical Care and Relationship-Building Pt. 1
Crystal Mun-Hye Baik 백문혜

April 30th, 2021, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Oral History: A Working Praxis of Critical Care and Relationship-Building Pt. 2
Crystal Mun-Hye Baik 백문혜

May 13th, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
A Public Interview with Brent Stonefish
conducted by Francine D. Spang-Willis

May 27th, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Equity Budgeting: Budgets for Economic Justice
Sarah Dziedzic and Jess Lamar Reece Holler

*All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time

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OHA 2021 Elections, Call for Nominations

OHA Nominations Committee
2021 OHA Elections
Call for Nominations

Deadline: March 22, 2021

Dear OHA members,

We are inviting you to help us move the organization forward towards its strategic goals and focus on social justice, by submitting statements of interest or recommendations (for self or another) for three (3) OHA leadership positions commencing October, 2021:

  • OHA President Elect (1 seat) to be elected for a one-year term (2021-2022) and a three-year commitment.
  • OHA Council (2 seats) to be elected for a three-year term (2021-2024).

The nominations committee enthusiastically embraces opening the process for broader inclusion and diversity and acknowledgement of the oral history community.

OHA is led by a group of volunteers who serve as officers, Council members, and committee members. See OHA Operations Manual for more detailed description of the roles and responsibilities of OHA officers and council members.

Under-represented members are especially welcome, as per the OHA Statement on Diversity and Inclusivity:

The Committee will review all statements of interest and recommendations and select two candidates for each position to bring to the membership for election. Statements of interest and recommendations must include; name, contact information, and a paragraph summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and vision. All candidates need to become OHA members following their official nomination.

Please submit using this form:

OHA Nomination Committee Co-Chairs

Nicki Pombier & Nishani Frazier
Email: moc.l1632498558iamg@1632498558reibm1632498558opikc1632498558in1632498558

2020-2021 Nomination Committee Members

David Cline
Sharon Utakis
Tara White
Winona Wheeler
Tomas Summers Sandoval, OHA Council Liaison

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