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About the Project


FIRST GEN GRADS

MINI DOCUMENTARY SERIES

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About the Project


FIRST GEN GRADS

MINI DOCUMENTARY SERIES

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

A New Generation of Storytellers 

First Gen Grads: Change Starts With Your Story, is a mini-documentary series that explores the narratives of six first generation college students from across the Puget Sound region in Washington.

We'll release all six episodes over a period of three months.  As we introduce each storyteller, we encourage you as well as all our followers and partners to engage on a dialogue about why and how it's crucial to build spaces and create opportunities for the stories of our students to be heard.  Their narratives are not only inspiring and a testament to their resilience, but also a reminder of the work we need to do to make our educational institutions more empathetic, inclusive and equitable. 

This is the first mini documentary series we produce at Storytellers for Change and this work was made possible thanks to our partnership with Ambassador Stories.

 

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Episode 1


"Be unapologetic about who you are and love yourself."

- Karen Arlette Gamez Lopez

Episode 1


"Be unapologetic about who you are and love yourself."

- Karen Arlette Gamez Lopez

Episode 1: Karen 

Liberation Through Education

Karen Arlette Gamez Lopez is a graduate of Kent-Meridian High School and Green River College. She is currently a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in American Ethnic Studies.

In this episode, Karen speaks candidly about her experience as an undocumented DACA recipient in college as well as the power of finding a pathway to unapologetic self-acceptance through community involvement, advocacy, and education. 


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Episode 2


"Your education is a power that no one can take away from you."

- Taejonae McKensie

Episode 2


"Your education is a power that no one can take away from you."

- Taejonae McKensie

Episode 2: taeJONaE 

It Takes A Village

Taejonae "Tae" McKensie is a graduate of Lincoln High School and she is currently a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in Education, Community, and Organizations.

Tae's story highlights the need and importance of ensuring our schools embrace all aspects of students' identities as well as the incredible power communities have to come together to support their students. 


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Episode 3


 

“When we share our stories we build community and inspire each other.”

- Norma González 

 

Episode 3


 

“When we share our stories we build community and inspire each other.”

- Norma González 

 

Episode 3: Norma 

I Walked for Her, I Walked for Them

Norma Gonzalez is a law student in her 5th and final year at Seattle University School of Law.

Prior to attending law school, Norma was an advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Oregon. In this episode, Norma speaks candidly about the many inequities that impacted her educational journey as well as the positive change she is creating for her family and community.


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Episode 4


 

“Your education and story are irreplaceable-own them. They will give you freedom.”

- Jorge Moreno-Nuñez 

 

Episode 4


 

“Your education and story are irreplaceable-own them. They will give you freedom.”

- Jorge Moreno-Nuñez 

 

Episode 4: Jorge 

Navigating the Game

Jorge Moreno is a photographer, graduated from Seattle University with a B.S. in Biology, and is currently a Site Coach with Jubilee Reach at Tillicum Middle School in Bellevue School District.

In this episode, Jorge shares why he believes it's important for students to speak up about their experiences, preserve their cultures, and prepare to navigate the scholarship and college "game." 


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Episode 5


“When you authentically care for your community you are making a difference.”

- Kendra Canton

Episode 5


“When you authentically care for your community you are making a difference.”

- Kendra Canton

Episode 5: Kendra 

Caring Means Change

Kendra Canton is a senior at the University of Washington where she is majoring in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. She was born and raised in Spokane, WA, and graduated from Rogers High School in 2014.

In this episode, Kendra shares why she cares deeply about addressing health inequities and the importance of making sure all our students feel cared for in our schools.