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Project Directors are Drs. Patricia Silver and Natalie Underberg from the University of Central Florida's Digital Ethnography Lab. The project's Advisory Board includes representatives of Puerto Rican organizations in the Orlando/Kissimmee area as well as scholars of Puerto Rican history and culture from Orlando, Puerto Rico, and many other locations around the U.S.

Patricia Silver moved to Orlando from Puerto Rico in 2005 to accept a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Anthropology Department and Regional Campuses at the University of Central Florida. Her previous research includes school reform in Puerto Rico in the 1990s, and more recently a project "Stories from Puerto Rican Orlando: Documenting a Migration in Progress," which is among the first to collect stories of Puerto Rican experience in Central Florida.

Natalie Underberg is currently Director of the UCF Digital Ethnography Lab and Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Folklore at the University of Central Florida. Her many research projects have included Latin American and Spanish traditions in Central Florida and a community oral history project in East Mims.

Julio R. Firpo is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida preparing his M.A. in History. His thesis is centered on the pioneer Puerto Ricans who established the Puerto Rican community in the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. Julio is the project's research assistant, conducting oral history interviews and assisting in archival work.

Kate Weddle is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida in the Digital Media Visual Language program. Kate is the project's graphic and web designer and video editor.

Victor Randle is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. Victor is the lead video editor for the project.

Keisha Wiel is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida, preparing for an M.A. in Anthropology. Keisha is preparing a thesis on the Papiamentu language spoken in Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. She is a project research assistant and has helped to prepare digital stories for the exhibit.

Juan Sanchez is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, majoring in film. Juan is the project office assistant. He has helped to organize oral history interviews and made copies of interviews for the project participants.

Emilia Blackwell is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, majoring in psychology. Emilia is the senior office assistant. She has organized and conducted oral history interviews and maintained office records.

Cheney Swedlow and Megan Douglass are graduate students at the University of Central Florida, preparing for the M.A. in Anthropology. Cheney and Megan reviewed the oral history interviews, marking passages according to exhibit themes.

Community contributors

Translation of exhibit panels and digital stories
    María Isabel Hernández

Translations
    Jorge Duany
    Susana Molina
    Wilson Ortiz
    Jimmy Seale Collazo

Volunteer interviewers
    Emilia Blackwell
    Lisa Cruz
    Alia Diab
    Megan Douglass
    Julio Firpo
    Cyndia Morales
    Russell Moore
    Cheney Swedlow

Sponsoring Organizations

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