Discovering My Story

Growing up close to his paternal grandparents in southern Oregon, Toby Asai Loftus was always intrigued by the other half of his family,

Shall We Dance Bollywood?

As a student in India, Prashant worked hard and finally achieved the American dream of a well-paying job in engineering and a career that made his parents proud.  

Food Feeds our Souls

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1978, during the Iranian revolution, Sara came to Portland with her family in 1986. As young teenagers,

Taking Some Losses to Win

TK grew up in segregated Rhodesia under British control and experienced the joyous birth of independent Zimbabwe. As a young lawyer,  

There is No Peace in Kunar Valley

As a boy growing up in a remote valley near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nasirullah was fascinated by the US soldiers who came to fight the Taliban  

This is what I want, To Be Who I Am

Franke Tokam-Powell was born in Douala, Cameroon. As a quiet effeminate boy, he always felt he did not fit in so, when he got the chance to go to college […]

One Voice Brings a Big Change

Meghna Damani grew up in the thriving city of Mumbai, India and established herself in a flourishing career in marketing. But when she married her long-time boyfriend 

Caught Between War and Paperwork

Newly married, Ghassan Bin Hammam came to get a graduate degree in the US, planning to return to Yemen to teach. But, on a quick trip back  

I’m Not Supposed to Be Here

Chanpone Sinlapasai was born in war-torn Laos and came to the US at age four. As a child acting as interpreter for her parents, she soon realized  

Sankar Raman

Tapiwa Kapurura

Tapiwa “TK” Kapurura was born in Zimbabwe during a time when the country was still Rhodesia, a colony suffering under a segregationist white minority rule  

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Zeljka Carol Kekez

Zeljka (Carol) was born in Croatia and came to the United States as a high school exchange student during 1989-90. Just one year later, the civil war  

Patricia Temer

Sankar Raman

Sankar was born in India and immigrated to the U.S. to attend graduate school, earning a Masters in Physics, and a PhD in  Engineering from Purdue University. 

Sankar Raman

Liani J. Reeves

Liani was born in Seoul, South Korea, and adopted from an orphanage when she was just a few months old into a white American family.  

Sankar Raman

Janet Tolopka

Janet Tolopka was born in Hartford, CT and grew up in south Florida. She has a BA and MS in mathematics and a post-bacc degree in accounting.

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Alejandro Vilches

Alejandro was born in College Station, TX , where his father was studying to become a pilot, and grew up in Honduras. There, he graduated from college,