By Ashia Ajani

Stories are an essential part of the human condition. Storytelling allows us to exchange ourselves with one another and build community. Unfortunately, for many of us who belong to marginalized backgrounds, our stories have been defined for us, or ripped from our personhood entirely. We are placed into boxes, told to homogenize our experience, make it palatable to others. Through the Alumni Leadership Cohort, we recognize the vastness of experience, and how storytelling can be used to reclaim that vastness. It is our pleasure to introduce just a glimpse of the diverse narratives that exist within the 3rd annual DDCSP Alumni Leadership Cohort.