Dorow, Tavita 1998-04-03

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Tavita Dorow talks about her life, career as a social worker and community involvement.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Tavita Dorow

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Date: April 3, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes


Tape 1: b. Bay City, Texas on June 15, 1933, Parents, Mother immigrated to the United States at age 5, Father immigrated to the United States at age 17, Siblings, Childhood, Lived with Grandmother in Sinton, Texas until age 6 or 7, Description of home, Uncle, Migrant worker, Killed in an accident, Radio, Translator for grandparents, Weather bulletins, Advertisements, Programs, Uncle (again), Accident (again), Donna, Texas, Education, Sinton, Texas (again), School was all Hispanic, Falfurrias, Texas, Hispanic community, Anglo teacher, Not allowed to speak Spanish, Father (again), Pastor, San Marcos, Texas, Education, Junior High School was integrated, Elementary schools were segregated, Mother, An activist, Integrating elementary schools, Victoria, Texas, Education, High school, Activities, Discrimination, Junior College, Wanted to become a social worker, Reasons, Father (again), Pastor at a Presbyterian Church, Churches, Divided by racial lines, San Antonio, Texas, Trinity University, Primarily an Anglo school, Classmates, Activities, Job, Switchboard operator, Professors, Job (again), Stewardess, Pan American Airlines, 2 ½ years, Traveling, Traveling (continued), Peace Corps, Ecuador, 1962, Description, Educational experience, Assignation of President John Kennedy, Memorial services, 2 years, Social Work, School of Social Work in St. Louis, Missouri, Graduated in 1966, Internship, Married in 1966, Moved to Arizona in 1971, Husband worked on Indian reservation, Children (two), Arizona (again), Experiences, Neighbors, Indian Reservation (again), Children’s education, Cultural classes, Community involvement, Getting a hospital built, Community newsletter, Lubbock, Texas – 1978, Children’s education (again), Husband’s job, Department of Public Health, A sister lived in Lubbock, Children’s (education), Magnet schools, Daughter, Volunteer at an Austin, Texas community center, Grant writer, Son, Attended Stanford University, Mechanical engineer, Speaking Spanish, Father (again), Traditions, Christmas Eve Services, Lubbock, Texas (again), Community involvement (again)

Tape 2: Community involvement (continued), Human Relations Commission, Lear, Caroline (?), Responsibility of commission, Single-member district, Stuck in the middle of the issue, Lubbock Independent School District, Community involvement (again), LULAC, Segregated by gender, Job (again), Youth counselor, Pregnancy prevention program, Youth 2000, Goals, Overton neighborhood, Mother (again), Became ill, Church involvement, Hispanic community, Role in community, Texas Tech University summer program, Challenges, Preparation of the future for students, Lubbock Independent School District, Technology Center, Opinions, Hispanic students, [ends after 10 minutes]

Range Dates: 1933-1998

Bulk Dates: 1933-1998

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