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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Interviewer: Okay. Yeah. Um, so can you first say state your name and your year at Antioch?
Leandre: Uh, my name is Leandre Ndarugendanye and I'm a second year.

Segment Synopsis: Introducing the interviewee: Leandre Ndarugendanye. He is a man of color on campus, and a second year at the time of this interview.

Keywords: Antioch College

Subjects: MOC; POC; man of color; student of color

00:00:20 - How do you feel about the statement race is not real?

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Partial Transcript: Leandre: "We all know we are a different color, ideology, and cultures. That is what I believe is culture is real and if someone says that culture is not real then well, that's not true at all because everyone is different. [...] I believe that race is real."

Segment Synopsis: At first, the question seems to be interpreted as asking whether on not racism is real, to which Leandre notes that racism has a well documented history in the United States. He cites examples such as the legacy of slavery and segregation. Upon clarification, Leandre makes the connection between culture and race being so interconnected that by denying one you deny the other, therefore race should be acknowledged as real. Race is real because culture is a big definer of race and how people chose to identify and differentiate themselves. He explains race is real because skin color an unavoidable part of identity and some cultures will always define race based on someones skin tone. When asked any experience where Leandre has been confronted about the reality of race, Leandre states that he has never has a situation occur like that before.

Keywords: POC; culture; identity; race

Subjects: activism; culture; identity; poc; racism

00:02:40 - POC culture on Antioch Campus

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Partial Transcript: Leandre: "It needs to expand, we are very small. The good thing is we are expanding it as part of the new constitution.[...] we need a good environment for developing relationships and to encourage studying."

Segment Synopsis: Leandre talks about how he wishes POC culture on campus was more expansive and more focused on school work. The POC culture at Antioch could benefit from expansion in that it opens up the door for further diversity even within itself. Academic support between students of color is something Leandre thinks could contribute to a better learning environment and better relationships. These are ideas regarding the potential of POC culture at Antioch. As far as Leandre’s actual experience with POC culture at Antioch, Leandre has witnessed very stressful situations for students of color and believes that there is a lot of work to be done to have a better environment for POC on campus. Leandre believes that bringing diversity to the campus is a main example of how POC culture effects the mainstream culture at Antioch and that in itself is a positive thing. Exposure to diversity is something that Leandre says helps non-POC learn how to interact positively with POC. He admits that POC are saddled with a huge portion of the responsibility of educating white people and he understands that some people of color find this tiresome.

Keywords: antioch college; campus; culture; education; racism; studying

Subjects: Culture; POC; Racism; community; education; responsibilty

00:06:33 - The Day of Disappearance from Leandre's perspective

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Partial Transcript: Leandre: "First the idea was for this thing to happen, the students needed a space where they could feel comfortable living and learning and show what it would mean if we were not there and not at Antioch."

Segment Synopsis: The Day of disappearance was a chance for the POC students and Faculty to speak with each other and further connect on other ways to better support each other. Leandre found the day to be "therapeutic" and really enjoyed the rare chance to meet other people like him. He was also happy with the end result because even if he had never felt any aggression towards him he was aware there were other students who had been threatened with in the POC community and felt that their safety was very important.

Keywords: POC; community; connection; impact; safety; support

Subjects: POC; activism; communication; culture; education; positive experience; students of color

00:08:57 - POC Threatened on Campus

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Partial Transcript: Leandre: "From what I know there are only 5 male POC on campus and there are a lot more WOC on campus."

Segment Synopsis: The people who have been threatened on campus have been mostly women. Leandre makes the point that there are very few men on campus and how that may contribute to the fact that it is women being targeted with threats.

Keywords: Diversity; POC; POC students; Safety; Threats; Women of Color; students of color

Subjects: POC; Safety; WOC

00:09:39 - Is a POC hall a form of self segregation, is it necessary, and would a POC hall be any different from a womens hall?

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Partial Transcript: Leandre: "Racism is a very sensitive topic more so then gender. We talk about gender a lot more then race and people are a lot more comfortable talking about that then race. I feel that people at Antioch are trying to hard to show they don't have a problem and that is making them a lot more sensitive to the topic and bringing up segregation."

Segment Synopsis: Leandre explains that the administration and the opposition to a POC hall on campus are only bringing up segregation in this context because race is a more sensitive issue then gender. They go on to talk about the importance of a POC hall because of how much the world has changed in the past "forty to sixty years" when asked about how he felt about the word segregation he says the violence associated with that word is why he is in the united states today to avoid the battle associated with two fighting "races" in his home country.

Keywords: Racism; Segregation; ethnic battle; gender

Subjects: POC; Systemic Racism; WOC; racism; segregation

00:14:33 - How do you feel being a POC student at Antioch?

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Partial Transcript: Leandre: "I've always been comfortable with myself. I like the way I am, I'm black, I'm a black student. I don't think I would think any different. If I were white I would educate myself on what I should or shouldn't do, and how can I best support my peers who are POC."

Segment Synopsis: Leandre describes how he views himself through his race and what he would do if he were any different. He finds pride in his race and is very comfortable with who he is. If Leandre had been born white, he thinks he would still be very motivated to educate himself in order to be supportive as a good ally. As a black student, Leandre finds himself being an educational resource and feels responsible to share his perspective for others to learn from.

Keywords: POC; comfort; confident

Subjects: POC; Race; perspective; pride; student of color

00:16:08 - Yellow Springs used to be a safe haven for POC how do you think Antioch is doing in terms of getting back to that safe haven? Do you feel like there is a quota for the people of color brought to Antioch?

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Partial Transcript: Leandre: "I think there is a lot that makes diversity not happen in yellow springs. What is the word called, Gentrification! Gentrification makes diversity very challenging for yellow springs because if you're higher up it's a lot easier, but if you're lower class there is no place for you. Where as then it was a lot more flexible with different classes which opens up the door to the POC population or you know just great diversity. The town is not a place for lower classes, if you are not upper class then I don't think you can live here."

Segment Synopsis: Leandre talks about how former president Mark Roosevelt had forced an agenda of getting more diversity on campus and then did little to nothing to maintain those students once they got there. Also digging into these concepts of class antagonisms and gentrification as a means of preventing the growth of diversity with in Yellow Springs.

Keywords: Class; Gentrification; POC; Racism; Student Retention; fake diversity

Subjects: Culture of Diversity; Diversity; Gentrification; POC

00:20:26 - Culture as a sense of belonging, what social constructs contribute to racism at Antioch, and conclusions.

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Partial Transcript: "If POC students came together more they wouldn't have to hide themselves as much. They can create a healthy environment to share and express their culture."

Segment Synopsis: Leandre highlights how social media can contribute to racism on campus for its anonymity and describes the value he feels in the diversity of cultures on campus.

Keywords: POC; anonymity; culture; social media; solcial media

Subjects: POC; culture; social media