Students in multiple courses came forward as writers for the 30 stories told in Facing Dayton: Neighborhood Narratives. After interviewing community members, the writers crafted the stories for publication in the storytellers' own voices. Participating courses included:

  • ENG 387: Literature and Ethics
  • MPA 561: Nonprofit and Community Leadership
  • ENG 596: Composition Theory
  • ENG 200: Writing Seminar: Community

Students from the Write Place and the Center for Social Concern also were independently involved. The project featured stories from residents in the following Dayton neighborhoods and others:

  • Twin Towers
  • Five Oaks
  • Walnut Hills
  • Old North Dayton
  • McCook Field
  • Carillon
  • Madden Hills

The stories are shown individually here; the full digital book also is available in this series.

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Books

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Facing Dayton: Neighborhood Narratives, University of Dayton

Book Information

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Front Matter: Title Page, Contents, University of Dayton

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Preface, Kelly Bohrer

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Back Matter: Contributors, Colophon, University of Dayton

Essays

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Investing in Our Community, Mary Varnado

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Community Centered, Barbara Pinson

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Community: Common Unity, Gwen Buchanan

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Dayton: The Home I Never Thought I'd Have, Leona Marmolejo

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Changing Neighborhoods, Mama Nozipo Glenn

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Influence to Dominance, Dev Bailey

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The Rugrats of Harvard Boulevard, Marco Marmolejo

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My Grandbaby: A Letter, Linda Woods

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Family, Community, and a Life of Politics, Tom Roberts

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The Ties That Bind, Dorothy Woods

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Just Keeping Hope: Margaret's Story, Margaret Smith

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Rediscovering Our Values: Dayton Through My Brown Eyes, Steve Ross

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My Neighborhood, Joan Means

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The Story of Helen Serrano, Helen Serrano

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Blessed in the Valley: The Life Story of Billi Ewing, Billi Ewing

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The Best of Times and the Worst of Times, Charles Burks

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The Story of Me, Linda Burks

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Reminiscing: Willie's Story, Willie Clemons

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Through Life's Changes, God Provides: Bill's Story, Bill Johnson

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My Life in Dayton: Jamesetta's Story, Jamesetta Lewis

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Facing Neighborhoods: Dale's Story, Dale Richardson

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Where Are You Now? Jerry Bowling III's Story of Reinvention, Jerry Bowling

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Sharon's Story: Pave the Way, Sharon Mitchell

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A Grandfather's Destinee, Les Hamilton

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Full Circle, Mary Jo Dahm

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Cory's OND: A Town of Transition, Cory Ivory

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They Still Call Me Coach, John Ivory Sr.

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Heart and Home: The Story of Ray and Shelby, Ray Deck and Shelby Deck

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I Am Proud: Roma's Story, Roma Stephens

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Politicized, Jackie Patterson

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Paying It Forward: Dion's Story, Dion Sampson

Neighborhood Profiles

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Neighborhood Profile: Carillon, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Dayton View Triangle, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Edgemont, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Five Oaks, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Harrison Township, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Hillcrest, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Madden Hills, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: McCook Field, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: McFarlane, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Miami Chapel, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Old North Dayton, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Trotwood, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Westwood, University of Dayton

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Neighborhood Profile: Wolf Creek, University of Dayton