Oral History with Crysta Highfield, June 23, 2015 (Ms2015-007)


Oral History with Crysta Highfield, June 23, 2015 (Ms2015-007)


Crysta Highfield was born in Dallas, Texas and now lives in Berkeley, California where she attends school at the University of California at Berkeley. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2008 with a BS and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is currently working toward a Masters of Development Practice. In her interview she discusses her confusing realization of her own sexuality, her involvement in the LGBTA at Virginia Tech, and she assesses the climate of LGBTQ+ community in the Bay area. Topics such as, religion, family, school, friends, partners and the professional world are also discussed in relation to LGBT issues and experiences.

This oral history was conducted in the summer of 2015 as part of an oral history project titled: “Bridging the gap between LGBTQ alumni and current students,” by Megan Lee Myklegard, winner of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Creativity and Innovation grant for undergraduate research and creative scholarship.




Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Virginia Tech LGBTQ Oral History Collection, Ms2015-007, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.


Megan Lee Myklegard


Crysta Highfield


University of California, Berkeley




“Oral History with Crysta Highfield, June 23, 2015 (Ms2015-007),” VT Special Collections and University Archives Online, accessed April 14, 2024, http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/Ms2015-007/Ms2015-007_VTLGBTQ_HighfieldCrysta.