Actress/singer America Olivo (Chicago PD) shares her DiverseStory – about how being multi-racial affected her life and entertainment career.
Actor Christian Campbell (Trick) shares his DiverseStory – about being a straight actor who became known as a gay icon.
Motivational speaker and ambassador of the Love Mob, Preston Smiles, shares his DiverseStory.
Naomi Raquel Enright lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is a teacher at the Manhattan Country School.
“From one exile to another.” This is what my mother once asked Chinua Achebe to write in her copy of ‘Things Fall Apart.’ I stood right next to her and in that moment I realized the impact of my mother’s experience coming to study at Tulane University from Guayaquil, Ecuador at the age of 19 in 1965. She subsequently married my Jewish-American father, had two bilingual children with multiple citizenships, and was an impassioned, influential English Teacher at the Horace Mann School in Bronx, NY for 10 years. Her entire adult life has been spent in a foreign land, and when she returns to Ecuador, she has now become the foreigner.
In my home growing up discussions of race, culture, and identity were commonplace, and in fact were encouraged as a way for me and my brother to feel confident in a world where we could and often would be questioned or challenged.
by Jimmy Nguyen – Founder of the DiverseStory Project
“Every one of us is a wonder. Everyone one of us has a story.”
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 – a new online campaign I’ve launched. While I did not plan it this way, the DiverseStory Project emerges at a pivotal time. As the Trayvon Martin case underscores America’s continuing racial divides, I hope the DiverseStory Project will re-focus dialogue on what unites us – everyone’s diversity.
Everyone has not just a life story but also what I call a DiverseStory – a tale of how your life has been and continues to be shaped by diversity. I want everyone to find and tell those stories, so that each DiverseStory inspires a more inclusive world. And I will be thrilled if the DiverseStory Project helps people better understand and appreciate our differences, in all their glory.
Personal trainer Chris Nemes is a straight white male but has his own DiverseStory about being raised by a single mother.