We all have a story to share. Our stories show who we are and develop our individual identities. These stories may take form as lifelong biographies, short experiences, art and photography, or even a dessert recipe we love. The Diversity Story is a platform that allows people to submit and share stories of culturally diverse experiences around the world. Sharing our unique stories connects people from all generations and cultures. Some stories have the ability to educate others about different lifestyles, unique experiences, or various global issues. Other stories may serve to inspire others to take action and change the world. Stories may also empower readers to embrace their own identity and share stories of their own. Through reading and sharing our stories, we can help create a more educated, compassionate, and well-connected world.

ELEANOR PARK

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Eleanor is a junior at North Allegheny Senior High in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Growing up among three cultures (Chinese/Korean/American), she has always been interested in cultural identity and its influence on life. Through one formative conversation with an international friend, she realized how valuable it was to hear everyone's unique stories and developed the vision for The Diversity Story. She wants this platform to provide a place where people can share and read others' stories and experiences since they are often unheard. Other than writing, editing, and interviewing people for The Diversity Story, she enjoys playing piano, painting, and fencing.

SUZANNE VO

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Suzanne is a junior at Lewisburg Area High School in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She joined The Diversity Story to expand her worldview to new cultural perspectives and to help others do the same. She is so excited to read and share stories that reflect people with entirely different walks of life! Suzanne hopes The Diversity Story can show readers that all cultures are beautiful, unique, and worthy of being embraced! In her free time, Suzanne enjoys music, theatre, and being mediocre at Duolingo.

ALLISON MI

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Allison is currently a sophomore at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having always been immersed in various cultures from the cosmopolitan one of Montreal to the vivacious one of her Chinese heritage, it was a no brainer for her to join the Diversity Story. She hopes that the Diversity Story also gives others that same chance to share their unique stories, whether it be through writing, visual arts, or simply raw ideas. When not finishing up school work, you can find her snuggling with her chubby cat, binging Gossip Girl, or spending time with family.

EMILY DJOHAN

WRITING DIRECTOR

Meet Emily, a junior in highschool! Emily was motivated to join the Diversity Story team as a staff writer as a result of where she was raised. Growing up in New York, she has met so many people with so many differences from herself. She wants to embrace these differences and spread a sense of love and acceptance for all of these cultures. Therefore, she decided to become a part of the Diversity Story team! Other than being an advocate for spreading love for different cultures, Emily enjoys the magical world of theatre and music.

PRABHPREET GILL

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Prabhpreet Gill is a student-athlete in his sophomore year from Vancouver, Canada. His passion for culture and exploration made him join The Diversity Story, as he loves to learn and enhance his horizons of what culture means. Balancing his heritage of punjabi culture while living in Canada has truly broadened his perspective towards diversity and embracing all sides. Prabhpreet loves to swim, travel and dream of the future.

GERALD GAO

Gerald is from China and came to the US in 2019. In China, he studied at a public school in Qingdao. He currently lives in Winchester, Massachusetts and is a freshman at boarding school in Connecticut. He plays sports, piano, and likes to create artwork in his leisure. Gerald loves to write and share the culture of his country, city and town.

SAKURA YONEYAMA

Sakura, also called Sak, is 16 and from Tokyo, Japan, but currently lives in Madrid, Spain. She joined The Diversity Story because she wanted to share her experiences of living in foreign countries to the world. She enjoys running, reading, writing, and sewing. 

ALINA GAO

Alina is a freshman at Alpha Secondary in Burnaby, BC. She is super excited to write pieces about identity and diversity that will hopefully inspire others to share their own stories. Alina joined The Diversity Story because she wants to show that stereotypes mean nothing in the face of individuality, and because she wants to become more connected to her Chinese culture. She hopes to show that all cultures should be something to be proud of. Alina spends her time writing, baking bread, and reading outside.

RHIANNA LACHHMAN

Rhianna is a freshman at Brampton Centennial Secondary School In Brampton, ON, Canada. She joined The Diversity Story because she feels that it is important to help tell stories regarding diversity to merge the gap between different cultures and help others understand that just because someone is different than you, they are not less than you. She is proud to be of Guyanese origin and has been raised around a variety of different cultures and backgrounds her whole life. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, reading, photography, editing, and watching movies and documentaries.

KATE WEXELL

Kate is a junior at O'Fallon Township High School and a piano teacher in the St. Louis metro area. Due to her relatives living in a Swedish colonial village in Northern Illinois and her living in a largely German region, she has grown up attending different ethnic festivals and taking interest in the traditions from her cultures, along with others. A large supporter of education, she believes that encouraging people to learn more about other cultures will not only increase well-roundedness, but also promote harmony amongst humanity. Apart from writing, Kate enjoys playing piano, a multitude of brass instruments, photography, baking, and genealogy. 

HALLIE DONG

Hallie is an 8th grader at Carson Middle School (North Allegheny Cyber Academy) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She joined The Diversity Story in hopes of being inspired and inspiring others. She wants to learn about cultures around the world and to develop a better understanding of the people around her, as well as get to be a part of a community where she can see things from a new perspective and form her own opinions. Hallie loves reading dystopian books and famous literature, writing short stories, novels and poems, and was also involved in cross country and track and field prior to COVID. In her free time she enjoys drawing and playing the violin and piano.

AMELIA ALAM

Amelia Alam is a grade 9 student in the pre-IB programme at Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa, Ontario. As someone who is growing up in Canada and is of South Asian descent (Indian and Bangladeshi specifically), she hasn’t felt extremely connected to her culture, but is currently trying to explore it further. She is most excited about celebrating and spreading acceptance of different cultures and cultural traditions through writing for The Diversity Story. In her spare time, she loves acting and is a complete theatre dork, and also enjoys playwriting and screenwriting too. She is passionate about social justice, swimming, and virtually tutoring younger children in other academic subjects.

TEMILOLUWA OGUNADE

Temiloluwa Ogunade is a Nigerian American who is currently a freshman at the University of Southern California. There, she plans to be a Neuroscience major in USC’s Dornsife College on a Pre-Medicine track to be a Psychiatrist or Neurologist. She joined The Diversity Story because she has always had an interest in learning about other cultures and how they perceive our modern society through different lenses. She hopes to bring in more relatable conversations to The Diversity Story and hopefully add more nuance in the coming articles on the culturally diverse challenges minorities in our society face. She hopes to gain a lot from this experience and share a piece of her culture with The Diversity Story audience. In her free time, Temi likes to cook, listen to true crime podcasts, paint, read, and spend time at the beach. 

MARIAM ABDELMALEK

Mariam is an 11th grader at Monseigneur de Laval PSQV, a french high school located in Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada), where she lives. Through her life, Mariam has lived in three countries before, and that is what gave her the opportunity to cohabit different cultures, traditions and rites. Valuing her experiences with different cultures, in addition to her own Coptic (Christian Egyptian) and Francophone identity, Mariam hopes to spread out her own experience through her writings with The Diversity Story team. In her free time, she likes reading scientific books, writing poems, and swimming.

Sharing culturally diverse stories to educate, inspire, and empower others.

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