Professor Matsuoka Interview (excerpt)

Title

Professor Matsuoka Interview (excerpt)

Alternative Title

Student Activism

Subject

Professor Matsuoka shares her experiences as a student at Oxy

Description

Professor Matsuoka entered Oxy the same year as President Obama. In this excerpt she shares her experiences as an Oxy student in the early 1980s from the culture shock as a first year to the student activism surrounding apartheid in South Africa and America's involvement in Latin America.

Date

12 March 2014

Interviewer

Mika Cribbs

Time Summary

0:31-5:01 Professor Martha Matsuoka shares her experiences surrounding diversity and equity as a student at Oxy from 1979 to 1983.

Duration

4:22

Location

Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

Interviewee

Professor Martha Matsuoka

Analysis/Reflection

I had the honor and privilege to interview Professor Matsuoka on her experiences as a student at Oxy. She described the cultural shock as a first-year to the student activism against apartheid in South Africa to counter spaces for minority students on off campus premises. It was interesting discussing about her experiences now as a faculty member and comparing the two time frames. It was very clear to see that not much had changed since the 1980s and that student activism on campus has definitely decreased since then.

Citation

“Professor Matsuoka Interview (excerpt),” History of Equity and Diversity at Occidental, accessed September 25, 2022, https://oxyequitydiversity2014.omeka.net/items/show/113.