The UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and its Aftermath started as a twelve-month long collaborative endeavor with students in the Ethnic Studies course “Race, Ethics, Justice” taught in Fall 2017 at University of Oregon. This project was inspired by students’ desire to intervene in the public debates about Puerto Ricans’ lack of access to basic resources in the aftermath of Hurricane María. Student teams fundraised to send a delegation to Puerto Rico to deliver donations and document stories in Caguas, Bayamón, Morovis, Utuado, Mayagüez, Santurce and Isla de Cabra. They produced educational resources and stories to share through this website with the general public, teachers, and professor. We humbly hope that these are conversation starters that will inspire others to create their own archives and document their own stories across generations.
To learn more about the trip to Puerto Rico, read about The Beginning.
For a visual tour of Puerto Rico in November 2017, join our A Photographic Journey.
To listen or read interviews with Puerto Ricans in the island and Oregon, visit our Storytelling page.
For notes on the journey and the political dynamics in the island, see Reflections on the Road.
For student-produced presentations about Puerto Rico history, and natural disasters and relief efforts in U.S. territories, see Puerto Rico History and Hurricane Maria and U.S. Relief Efforts in the Pacific.
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