Interview with Katrina Mathis, March 19, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

This is the second of two interviews with Katrina Mathis.

After reading an article in a 10th-grade civics class, Katrina Mathis knew that she would join the Peace Corps. Mathis graduated from the University of Georgia in political science and history. She applied to Peace Corps through a program promoting and fast-tracking diversity. Invited to a health project in Guinea, she first trained in Senegal. The father of Mathis’s local family was also the head doctor at the health center where she worked. She gave health talks, particularly related to child/maternal health. In addition, Mathis helped build a primary school in response to a community request. Mathis felt a natural kinship as an African American with the people of Guinea. The Islamic religion and its polygamous tradition contrasted to her Southern Baptist upbringing, which stimulated introspection of her religious values. Mathis’s mantra was, 'When a window opens on local reality, a lot of mirrors also appear to reflect back on me.'

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2021oh0191_pcrv0150

Interviewee Name

Katrina Mathis

Interviewer Name

Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2021-03-19

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Mathis, Katrina Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 19 Mar. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Mathis, K. (2021, March 19). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Mathis, Katrina, interview by Randolph A. Adams. March 19, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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