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Category: Impact Stories

This section houses interviews, stories, and art from the Public Allies network, including Allies, alumni, staff, partners, and donors.

“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

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

A Poem Trying to Person: Kwyn Townsend Riley

To Kwyn Townsend Riley (Public Allies Chicago ‘19) and her closest friends and family, it is no surprise that poetry is her calling. For as long as she can remember, Kwyn has felt drawn to the magic of language in art and how she can use it to share her story.    “No one was Read More

Inclusivity in Health Education: Adelle White

Above all else, Adelle White (Public Allies Milwaukee ‘11) wants to provide a pathway for universities to assist in increasing visibility for educators with shared identities in public grade schools, starting with sex education.  Through her experience as a Health Education Manager at CommunityHealth Chicago, the largest volunteer-based health center in the nation, Adelle has Read More

“Dream”: A Poem

By Alexandra Smith                        – after Gwendolyn Brooks                    We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it.   sunday morning sun shines through the open window to warm the tile, we bump hips and your Read More