During my MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College, I was selected as one of two Community Engagement fellows. The three projects I executed as part of that fellowship focused on immigration and youth.
The capstone was Walk In My Shoes, a digital storytelling fellowship for immigrant and refugee teen girls. Conducted in partnership with Oakland International High School, I collaborated with co-teachers from Youth Radio and Pinterest, among others, on everything from photography to literary map-making.
The project culminated in the creation of chapbooks from the girls’ work. I’m especially proud of the fact that I was able to crowdsource enough to pay each girl and co-teacher a stipend. #artistsgetpaid