Oral History with Dominic Finney (R'99, MA'04)

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Oral History with Dominic Finney (R'99, MA'04)


In this oral history interview, Dominic Finney (R ‘99) sat down with Shira Greer (‘22) and Jenifer Yi (‘22) on June 12, 2019, in Boatwright Memorial Library. Over the course of the one hour and fifteen minute interview, Finney shared his experiences as both a black and gay student on campus in the late 1990s. Though he greatly enjoyed his time at the university, especially with the theatre and dance departments, Finney also discussed the initial culture shock he felt coming to campus and the culture of complacency he found here at UR.

Dominic Finney grew up in Martinsville, VA and graduated from Laural Park High School in 1995. He decided to come to the University of Richmond after attending Governor's School for Humanities (specifically writing) there the summer before his senior year of high school. During his time at the University of Richmond, Dominic was a dancer and choreographer with the University Dancers, wrote for The Messenger, and participated in theatrical productions on campus.

Dominic received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre Arts in 1999, and a Master of Arts in English in 2004, both degrees from UR. After leaving the University, he worked in corporate merchandising and sales for TimeLife, Inc., Circuit City, Inc., OfficeMax, Inc., and Belkin. Dominic currently works in sales for DuvelUSA, headquartered in Belgium and the United States.


This oral history is available for academic purposes--including but not limited to research by students, faculty, and staff--by permission from the interviewee (Dominic Finney). The interviewee maintains the copyright, and must be contacted via the Race & Racism Project (urraceproject@gmail.com) for permissions for use outside of academic purposes.







Richmond (Va.)

Oral History Item Type Metadata



Dominic Finney


Boatwright Memorial Library Seminar Room 1
University of Richmond
261 Richmond Way, Richmond, VA 23173



Date of Interview

June 12, 2019



“Oral History with Dominic Finney (R'99, MA'04),” University of Richmond Race & Racism Project, accessed July 12, 2024, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3062.