The narratives in this exhibition are written in the first person, using participants’ own words as they were shared with the project team in interviews that ranged in length from thirty minutes to four hours. Participants were recruited at community events, via social media, in CSUSB classrooms, and through existing networks. The only criteria was that participants be a member of the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside counties) community. No one who wanted to participate was turned away. As a result, these narratives represent a rich array of perspectives from a broad cross-section of the Inland Empire. Each participant was given the opportunity to review the resultant narrative to ensure that it accurately represented the opinions, ideas, and lived experiences they shared with our project team.
In|Dignity was made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit the California Humanities website. Additional financial support for In|Dignity was provided by the CSUSB students through their Instructionally Related Programs Fee, a CSUSB Office of Student Research Faculty/Student Grant, the CSUSB Office of Community Engagement Service Learning Fellowship and Community-Based Research Mini-Grant, the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and a Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute Research Grant. The opening and closing receptions for In|Dignity were sponsored by the CSUSB University Diversity Committee.
The In|Dignity mobile exhibition has been financed by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the CSUSB Office of Community Engagement.