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5 Ways to Practice Asking for Help

  source:  Meghan Watson, @Thrive_WithMeg   Key word here is practice! Asking for help isn’t always intuitive, and many of us are just beginning to explore our needs, wants, and hopes without judgment or shame.   Try saying these out-loud to yourself if it feels awkward or uncomfortable, or reword these suggestions into something that Read More

“Untitled”: A Photography Series

By Maresa Kelly   My work captures ordinary moments that, when shared between lovers, become beautiful. Being queer, being in a queer relationship are radical acts. However, too often, queer relationships are political battlegrounds for the right to exist. Therefore, it is important to me to depict queer love in its most raw and authentic Read More

“A Woman Loving Woman’s Musings”: A Collection

By Imani Lowe   I created this compilation of mediums to express how I feel being a queer Black woman in love with another queer Black woman. I commissioned a painting months ago of me and my girlfriend by an artist and her IG handle is Nathematical. I inserted the renderings into the collage because Read More

A Different Kind of Life: Michaella Kosia

  For many people around the world, the onset of the pandemic was a time to pick up hobbies and to pursue your passions. For Michaella Kosia (Public Allies North Carolina ‘19) this desire to follow one’s dreams was no different.    Lockdown induced re-centering and reflecting encouraged Michaella to propel herself into culinary arts Read More

“Passion Paradox”: A Song

By Lucia Sicius   To listen to the full song, click here.   My name is Lucia Sicius. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida to the loving arms of a Chilean mother and an Italian-American father. I moved around between Miami, Spain, and Chile throughout my early life. This gifted me an immediate insight into Read More

Meet the Alumni Success Fellows

by Kira Dorvil, with contributions from Rylee Burke and Chrisal Valencia   A note from Kira: I would like to salute my fellow Fellows for their commitment, compassion, and creativity demonstrated in our first couple of months together. We’ve jumped in virtually, working across timezones in unison to create a vision for an engaged alumni Read More

Jewish American Heritage Month Featuring Alum Deandra Binder

Public Allies Arizona-Tucson End of Year Retreat (2021) “The core values of Justice and seeking to learn more about justice, and bring kindness and serve to others lead me into the public allies world and in my role there I think I was able to learn more about myself and question a lot about myself, Read More

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Feat. Chrisal Valencia

Chrisal Valencia is a proud Filipina mother of two and two-time Public Allies Arizona alum. She is based in Phoenix, AZ and have recently joined as Manager of Alumni Engagement & Mobilization for the Public Allies National Office.   Tell us a fun fact about you I love to roller skate, and I just recently Read More

“Vision”: A Mixed-Media Collage

  A Southern California native, Jason Masino (he/him & they/them) received his BA in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Davis, in 2010 and MFA in Creative Writing with a Poetry & Creative Nonfiction focus from Regis University in 2022. Their work has been published in Cultural Weekly, Inverted Syntax, Rigorous, Call + Response, Squircle Read More

Mental Health Resources for BIPOC Survivors

  More often than not, your mental health is a reflection of your physical health. Specifically, the financial, emotional, and social stresses of the pandemic are compounded for people of color, who are also navigating the impacts of systemic racism. At Public Allies, we focus on how inclusive leadership builds equity in all forms— including healthcare Read More