Remembering and honoring the lived-experiences and memories of
the APIDA community at the University of Florida
Charles Takeo Ozaki of Eau Gallie, FL was one of the first graduates of the College of Medicine in 1960.
In the early 1900s, three families of Japanese immigrants settled along Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast railway in the town of Eau Gallie. Some were former residents of Yamato the first Japanese colony in Florida. They worked as farmers, and were successful developing the poor soil of Florida. From this humble beginning, subsequent generations included physicians, judges, college professors and World War II heroes.
The When I Became a Gator Podcast focuses on the stories of various alumni around the country in the hopes of bringing closer the Gator Nation — one alumni at a time.
(Re)Building Dreams with Professor Villegas
By: Othelia "Oni" Jumapao
Through the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, I had the pleasure of interviewing multiple Asian American student activists and alumni who have galvanized the University of Florida by demanding Asian American studies and an Asian American Pacific Islander physical space.