Hawa Tunkara '21 FLI Story Collection
Collection Scope and Content Summary
The Hawa Tunkara ‘21 FLI Story Collection contains six summaries of interviews with Barnard alums and accompanying audio recordings, a five part mini-series in podcast format with then-current students of the Barnard class of 2021 and 2023, two creative written pieces, six video interviews formatted into a two-part mini-documentary series, and artwork devoted to telling a story (and not the story) of the first generation and/or low-income students at Columbia University.
Participants to date: Yari Gonzalez, Seyi Olojo, Alejandra Figueroa, Aharisi Bonner, Manuela Hiches, Jordan Hollis, Bilal Choudhry, Tina Gao, Zyaira Speller, Flosha Liyana, Amrita Khan, Jasmin Torres Pinon, Anna Yokote, Kay Kim, Aneeza Asif, Tamanna Hussain, and Taibat Awokoya.
- Creation: 2020 - 2021
- Tunkara, Hawa (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection has no restrictions.
All rights for the collection remain with Hawa Tunkara and the interviewees. Hawa Tunkara and the interviewees grant advanced permission for the Barnard Archives to permit individuals to quote from the materials. Individuals utilizing the materials who wish to publish and/or profit monetarily from the materials must obtain permissions from Hawa Tunkara.
The Hawa Tunkara ‘21 FLI Story Collection was created in order to spotlight the first-generation and/or low-income student experience at Columbia University. The inspiration for the collection came from the donor’s own experience learning how to traverse and maneuver college life as the first in her family to do so. She was a part of the Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP) and found that there were no real ties or connections being built with the alums who graduated from the program. As a result, a large part of the narrative for how students who were either first in their families, or came from lower socioeconomic background, went undocumented. Tunkara attended the annual FGLI Conference hosted at Cornell University early in 2020 and from this experience her want to tell this story only grew. She not only wanted to know the experience of those who had already graduated from Barnard and Columbia but also to document current FLI student’s experiences.
The audio and video interviews for the class of 2021 and 2023 students were conducted virtually between September 2020 and December 2020. The written pieces and art pieces by the class of 2021 were collected between September 2020 and June 2021. The alum blog post interviews were conducted between October 2021 until April 2021.
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The Hawa Tunkara FLI Story Collection contains 25 oral histories from first-generation and/or low-income students and alums of Barnard College and Columbia University during the years of 2020-2021.
The collection is arranged in the same order it was received.
This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donated to the Archives by Hawa Tunkara, 2021.
No accruals are expected.
This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Hawa Tunkara and Martha Tenney in June 2021. We gratefully acknowledge Alice Schreyer '68, whose funding supported the processing and transcription of materials in this collection.
Descriptive Rules Used: Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.
- Guide to the Hawa Tunkara '21 FLI Story Collection
- Hawa Tunkara, Martha Tenney
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description