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Diversity Spotlight: Aunchalee Palmquist

September 2, 2021

Being of mixed heritage and having an unusual first name, Aunchalee Palmquist can’t remember a time when she wasn’t “othered” in one way or another. The daughter of a Thai mother who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of … Continued

Diversity Spotlight: Bobby Kunstman

August 4, 2021

Miami, Florida is about a diverse community as one might find in the United States. A true melting pot of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, the vibrant city allowed Bobby Kunstman the freedom to flourish throughout his early years. Identifying as … Continued

Diversity Spotlight: Travis Albritton

July 1, 2021

North Carolina native Travis J. Albritton was raised in the small, tight-knit, rural community of Washington by his mother and a community of strong Black women who taught him to live with integrity and to always do his best. As … Continued

Diversity Spotlight: Katelyn Brown-Gomez

June 3, 2021

In Hayesville, North Carolina, the sleepy mountain town where Katelyn Brown-Gomez grew up, there was a startling lack of diversity. “Two hours from everywhere” is how the townspeople described their locale, because of its two-hour proximity to Asheville, Knoxville, Chattanooga … Continued

Diversity Spotlight: Jamya Graham

April 1, 2021

It was never a question that Jamya Graham would continue her education after graduating from high school. “My family believes that education is fundamental as well as the key to gaining more access within the world,” says the Charlotte, NC, … Continued

Diversity Spotlight: Jacqueline Lawton

March 1, 2021

Life in Tennessee Colony, a small unincorporated farming community in East Texas, didn’t hold a lot of promise for a girl with big dreams. Jacqueline Lawton remembers a place with more cows and horses than people and a beautiful open … Continued