Oral History

Heather Giuffre and Others - On their experiences as white UNC students living in Northside

Interviewed by Christine Dragonette on March 17, 2011

“Well, I feel like it’s a big issue of whether or not businesses should have a social component in their mission. And I think that ideally, it’s best for business to have that element. And so, I feel like it’s responsible for businesses to take community input into consideration.”

- Paige

In this interview, Heather Giuffre, Paige, Katie, Drew, and Kristin discuss their experiences as white students living in the Northside community. They talk about how they ended up living in their house together as well as how they feel now that they have resided in the community for a few years. Some of the students have lived in the house for years while other students have moved in and out of the house. They also discuss the changes in development of Northside and the potential benefits and problems of this development. The topic of who is at fault or who should be held responsible for the changes that hurt that neighborhood and its residents is also brought up. The culture of the neighborhood is also something the students mention, most notable the custom of waving and saying hello to everyone you meet whether you know them or not and how it is not very normal for them to do this outside of Northside. Overall, the students give insight into what life is like living in the Northside as a white student in these changing times.

Heather Giuffre and Others - On their experiences as white UNC students living in Northside

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Oral history interview of Giuffre, Heather conducted by Dragonette, Christine on March 17, 2011 at Home of narrators, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Price, Karis.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Heather Giuffre and Others - On their experiences as white UNC students living in Northside,” From the Rock Wall, accessed April 18, 2024, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/heather-giuffre-et-al.

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