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Speak Up/Speak Out

Jul 30, 2020

In this compelling introduction to their pilot podcast season, the founders of Youth Advocates for Immigrants & Refugees reflect on their experiences as leaders, discuss the power of stories, and introduce their four immigrant/refugee interviewees. 


Jul 29, 2020

Belise Nishimwe shares stories of growing up in Portland as a Tanzanian refugee and daughter of immigrants. Listen to her reflect on generational and cultural differences, academic challenges, the language barrier, and combating social injustices. 


Jul 29, 2020

Sahlan Farrah, a graduate of Reynolds High School, reflects on her experience as a Somali immigrant. Listen as she recounts stories from her life in Kenya, overcoming gender stigma in her community, and encountering racism in the classroom.   


Jul 29, 2020

Farah H. narrates her experience as an immigrant by juxtaposing life in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the U.S. Listen as she recounts painful anecdotes of xenophobia and misogyny, as well as moments of community-building and cross-cultural bonding. 


Jul 29, 2020

Faiza Jama, university student and I Am M.O.R.E. board member, tells her story as a Somali immigrant. She recounts stories of cultural barriers inside and outside the classroom, a funny anecdote involving an escalator (listen to find out!), finding a voice to advocate for herself, and forging new friendships.