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Edith Wiggins worked for the Campus Y under Anne Queen in the early 1970s, and she served as Campus Y Director from 1976 until the early 1980s. In this interview, Wiggins discusses her work with the Y, how she came to work at the Y, and the role Anne Queen played in her work with the Y. She begins by discussing the International Handicrafts Bazaar, one of the most active programs at the Y during her time there. She then discusses Anne Queen’s personality, her ability to integrate and welcome black students, and her use of food and hospitality as a way to build bridges--especially as a way of welcoming the university's first black students. During Wiggins' directorship, the Y gradually distanced itself from its roots as a religious organization. Wiggins describes her directorship, the space of the Y, and its connection to campus. To Wiggins, the Y was a kind of laboratory for student ideas and leadership to grow. Wiggins speaks about the George Gamble directorship controversy of the 1980s, although she speaks in more detail about this issue off the record. In conclusion, Wiggins discusses some of the most memorable students she worked with, as well as how the most important part of the Y to her was the relationships it fostered.

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