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Taller de José was interested in collecting narratives from the individuals they serve to learn more about their experiences. The main research questions are 1) their migration story and 2) their "stay" story. The community research fellows worked collaboratively with the organization to set appointments and collect these narratives from clients, utilizing an interview protocol. However, before beginning the interviews, considering that the fellows were collecting very personal information like the clients' names, photo images, and stories, the role of confidentiality structured the relationships between the researchers and the clients. The clients were required to fill out a release form in order to give the fellows permission to disclose any information that was given. The interviews were conducted in Spanish and then transcribed. After the transcription, the narratives were then translated into English in order to compose both Spanish and English narratives. 

Interview Protocol

Research Questions
  • Why did you immigrate to the US?
  • Who did you leave behind? How did it feel?
  • What helped you overcome such adversity?
  • What does it mean to you, to be an immigrant in Chicago?
    • How did you end up in Chicago?
    • Why Chicago?
    • How has your community treated you?
  • What motivates you?
  • What do you value the most?
  • What was the biggest turning point in your life?
  • Was there a point in your life in which you doubted yourself?
  • What is something you are most happy/proud of?
  • Do you see yourself going back?
  • Looking back at your story, who was the most influential person in your life?
  • Would you consider this your home now?

Author: Iliana Barragan
Last modified: 5/10/2018 12:25 PM (EDT)