Those words from African American writer Kristin Hunter recognize that everyone’s life journey is different, and that diversity of experience makes us collectively stronger. That’s the philosophy of the DiverseStory Project. Everyone has not just a life story but also a “DiverseStory” – a tale of how your life has been and continues to be shaped by diversity.
The DiverseStory Project was founded by Jimmy Nguyen, a digital media lawyer and diversity and equality advocate. It asks people to tell their stories through online videos and written blog entries. By providing a platform for these stories to be shared, the project hopes to inspire a more inclusive world.
Your DiverseStory is more obvious if you’re a woman, racial minority, or LGBT. Yet straight white men can also have a DiverseStory. The DiverseStory Project encourages straight white men to find their connections to diversity; this is important so they feel included in diversity solutions, rather than made to feel like they are just part of the problem.
Stories of diversity are everywhere – behind every office desk, in every home, and through every life. Imagine the collective chorus we could create in America and the world if we all find and tell our DiverseStories.
Everyone is a wonder. Everyone has a DiverseStory. What’s yours?