The mission of the Realities of Undocumented Immigrants Oral History (RUIOH) Project is to collect stories to educate elected officials, policymakers, and other interested parties about the realities and humanity of undocumented immigrants in Nevada.
The RUIOH Project is collecting stories of the undocumented population in Nevada that demonstrate the humanity of participants before, during and after their undocumented status, reveal what participants find/found to be their specific resource needs while undocumented, as well as document concerns about immigration policies and practices at various governing levels. The collection will focus on the stories of undocumented or formerly undocumented immigrants from all countries who currently or previously lived in Nevada. The project has a goal of 20 fully-processed interviews. Interview material will become part of the Special Collections and University Archives of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries and will be accessible on the internet. The project will follow the standards of the Oral History Association. The Project, expected to last through spring 2022, is directed by Dr. Jennifer Cullison, a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) Core Humanities program. Lead interviewers are UNR student employees and volunteers, though members at partner organizations and others will also interview participants.
Funding and support
The project is being funded by Core Humanities at the University of Nevada Reno, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada Borderlands Justice Team, and the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra. We are thankful for input of various community organizations including Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada/Faith In Action (ACTIONN/FIA), Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), Make the Road Nevada (MRNV), and Tu Casa Latina.