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Meet SOHP’s Spring 2018 Interns

We’ve made it past midterms and our hard-working interns and field scholars are enjoying spring break this week. S0 while it’s quiet in the SOHP office, we wanted to take a moment and let you meet our spring 2018 undergraduate interns. We assigned our intern Lily Lou with the task of interviewing our interns. This semester they’re focusing on Native American activism at UNC. Read more about our interns below, and keep up with them throughout the semester by following them on Twitter @sohpinterns.


Name: Kimberly Oliver
Year: Junior
Major: History and Anthropology
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina

Kimberly’s first exposure to history was listening to her grandparents tell her stories about their childhoods. She chose to apply to the internship because, “It’s a combination of all of my fields. I’m a history major, so I wanted to learn more about oral history as a method, and I’m really interested in Native American culture and life,” she said. She’s also working at the Ancient World Mapping Center through the history department—where she maps historical and cultural sites in the Middle East to add them to no strike lists—and The Marching Tar Heels, where she plays clarinet (an instrument she’s played since 6th grade). Outside of her extracurriculars, she likes to read books. She’s currently reading Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain.


Name: Blake Hite
Year: Sophomore
Major: Anthropology and American Indian & Indigenous Studies
Hometown: Pembroke, North Carolina

Blake is a member of the Lumbee tribe and a descendant of the Cherokee Nation who came to UNC intending to major in chemistry and go to pharmacy school. But, after his first semester at UNC, he changed his mind and realized that he loved taking anthropology classes. There, he found mentors in the department like Dr. Valerie Lambert, who he took Anthropology 102: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology with. Through his internship at the SOHP, he hopes to amplify the voices of student activists and to change the false narrative of American Indians being people of the past. He is also a research ambassador for the American Indian Center, the historian for Carolina Indian Circle, and the secretary for Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity. In his free time, he likes to read, play video games, draw, and hang out with friends.


Name: Mina Yakubu
Year: Freshman
Major: Political Science and African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina

Mina applied to the SOHP internship program after taking an oral history class about women’s activism in the South with Dr. Rachel Seidman. Being an AAAD and Political science double major, she’s interested in how politics and history shapes African countries, especially Ghana, the country where her heritage is. At UNC, she’s also involved in the Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Student Movement, OASIS, and the International Justice Mission. Outside of school, she likes free writing, taking walks, and watching African movies. “Most of them have an overall message to them, and whether they’re historical or really current or funny, it just helps me connect to that part of my culture.”


Name: Lily Lou
Year: Sophomore
Major: American Studies and Computer Science
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina

As an American Studies and Computer Science double major, Lily is interested in exploring technology and its cultural, social, and economic implications. Lily learned about the SOHP through an American Studies class she took during her first semester sophomore year, and knew she had to apply. As an intern, she hopes learn more about Native American activism and to contribute to the SOHP’s mission of amplifying underrepresented voices. Outside of the internship, she is involved in the NC Fellows program, Carolina Advocates for Gender Equity, the AAPI Working Group at UNC Chapel Hill, and Triangle-Area Asian American Student Conference.