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The New You Peer Health Advocates oral history project ➔ Audio interview with Quizayra Gonzalez and Aaron Neber

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Quizayra Gonzalez (interviewee)
Aaron Neber (interviewee)
Anna Robinson-Sweet (interviewer)


November 15 2019


Aaron Neber and Quizayra Gonzalez were interviewed by Anna Robinson-Sweet on November 15, 2019. At the time of the interview, Neber was a PhD student at The New School for Social Research and Gonzalez is Assistant Director for Advising and Career Development at Parsons School of Design. Only Neber is present at the beginning of the interview; Gonzalez joins about half-way through. At the start of the interview, Neber explains his background and how he came to be a peer health advocate (PHA). As a PHA, Neber was active in the Sex-E Collection and Free The New School. He describes working with Sex-E Collective to organize workshops and events that promoted sexual health and positivity, and his role as a member of the university’s Title IX taskforce committee. Neber details the recommendations made by this taskforce to improve sexual assault reporting on campus. When Gonzalez joins the conversation, she also talks about the Sex-E Collective and goes into greater detail about the workshops they offered, in particular the consent trainings they led for first-year students at Eugene Lang College. Both Neber and Gonzalez speak about what the PHA program offered them that they did not get otherwise as students. Neber reflects on how the program has been impacted by the restructuring of Student Health Services, and discusses how this restructuring has negatively affected student health insurance. Neber leaves the interview about an hour in, and in the last part of the discussion Gonzalez offers more information on her background before coming to The New School and adds her own thoughts about what is lost by moving the PHA program under the purview of Student Support and Crisis Management.

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