Download Full Text (77.5 MB)


On January 25th, 2023 the "Jazzy Seniors" in East Tampa shared their stories with students enrolled in the University of South Florida's anthropology department’s Environmental Justice seminar. Students were tasked with collecting oral history interviews with the Jazzy Seniors, conducting research into the past, present, and future of stormwater ponds in East Tampa, and then creating narrative films to share with the Jazzy seniors, and on social media and the internet.

This book provides snippets of the interviews matched with the photographs taken during the event. The Environmental Justice seminar is led by faculty Dr. Christian Wells and American Society of Engineering Education postdoctoral fellow Dr. Michelle Henderson. Their efforts were supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, "WeRISE...Working to Eradicate Racism in Science and Engineering (WeRISE) through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) program.

The NSF IUSE: EHR Program supports research and development projects to improve the effectiveness of STEM education for all students. Through the Engaged Student Learning track, the program supports the creation, exploration, and implementation of promising practices and tools.



Publication Date


East Tampa - Jazzy Seniors: Photo compilation of an oral history