Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 021 Iliana Rodriguez interviewed by Iva DimitrovaAthens Oral History Project, AOHP 021 Iliana Rodriguez interviewed by Iva Dimitrova

Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 021 Iliana Rodriguez interviewed by Iva Dimitrova

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 021 Iliana Rodriguez interviewed by Iva Dimitrova
Creator: Dimitrova, Iva
Creator: Rodriguez, Iliana
Dates: 2016 August 05
Extent: 1.0 interview 88 minutes
Collection Number: RBRL/361/AOHP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description

Biographical note

Iliana Rodriguez was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Marietta, Georgia, graduating from the University of Georgia with dual degrees in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and International Affairs. Rodriguez was an active volunteer in Freedom University, an organization that offers classes and college preparation for undocumented students in Georgia, and co-founder of the Undocumented Student Alliance, a student organization that lends support to Freedom University. Rodriguez was also the Lead ESL teacher at the non-profit Casa de Amistad, and was the Executive Coordinator of IMPACT UGA. She is enrolled in a graduate program in American Studies at Yale University.

Scope and Content

Iliana Rodriguez discusses her educational experience growing up, including memories of being the only Latina in her classes, being tracked into the gifted education program and, later, the magnet program at Campbell High School, and reflects on how these programs created what she describes as a different type of segregation. Rodriguez talks about deciding to apply to the University of Georgia, being the first person in her family to attend college, and deciding on a course of study, but also describes the much larger role that her volunteer work and service with groups including the Undocumented Student Alliance, IMPACT UGA, Casa de Amistad, and Freedom University, played in her college career. Rodriguez discusses her decision to pursue graduate study at Yale University's American Studies program, the way her cultural background and family history inform her research focus, and compares her observations of Latino and migrant activism in New Haven, Connecticut versus the metro-Atlanta area.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

The Athens Oral History Project was initiated in 2014 to document modern Athens history, roughly from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Interviews cover topics such as neighborhoods and communities in Athens, civil rights demonstrations, African American history, as well as personal histories of narrators.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2017.


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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

AOHP 021 Iliana Rodriguez audio on Kaltura Access Online
AOHP-021 Iliana Rodriguez audio on SoundCloud Access Online