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Upstander Stories

Stories and essays from today's upstanders

  • Student Essay

    Our Voices Will Be Heard

    Living Dr. King’s words, Nida marches toward a secure and livable world with the disciplined nonconformists dedicated to justice and peace.

    Nida F.

  • Student Essay

    The Children's Job

    Galvanized by the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, Campbell’s experience at the Milwaukee March For Our Lives proves young people can effect change.

    Campbell M.

  • Student Essay

    Finding My Center

    Ashley’s experience at the LGBTQ+ Center transformed their perception of themselves as a leader and an agent of change.

    Ashley G.

  • Student Essay

    Right and Just

    On a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Maud, the granddaughter of a survivor, learns more about an upstander with whom she has a personal connection.

    Maud T.

  • Student Essay

    Gay Olympians are Changing the World

    Kyle explains why representation and speaking out matter, highlighting Olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy as role models.

    Kyle G.

  • Student Essay

    Wrong in My Own Skin

    Following the discover of anti-Muslim graffiti at her school, Eman is looked to as a leader to help foster a student dialogue about overcoming bias and stereotypes.

    Eman K.

  • Student Essay

    A Kauaian Story of Love and Compassion

    Divyesh describes how upstanding Hindu monks bridged religious differences and reached out to a community in need following a devastating hurricane in Hawai'i.

    Divyesh N.

  • Student Essay

    Always Purple

    Emma and her classmates learns how to better empathize and listen to each other following the untimely passing of a fellow student.

    Emma S.

  • Student Essay

    Talking with Water Balloons

    Lechuan recalls an experience that caused her to overcome language and cultural barriers to find common ground with strangers.

    Lechuan M.

  • Student Essay

    Reach for the Stars

    Shreya draws inspiration from three influential figures in STEM: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson who experienced racism and sexism while working as mathematicians at NASA's Langley Laboratory in the early 1960s.

    Shreya G.

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