The Story of Us

By: Kya Roumimper  

Global atrocity and conflict has dramatically increased the number of displaced persons, refugees, and asylum seekers looking for resettlement opportunities. Throughout history, the United States has resettled the most refugees despite lack of public approval. In recent years, xenophobia has been exacerbated by vehement attacks of refugees by the media and people in power. The Story of Us set out to study the use of storytelling as an intervention method for toxic cycles of xenophobia. The event was held in Manchester, NH, a city with a long history of immigrant and refugee presence which has faced recent backlash. The event was free and open to the public. It utilized storytelling and an art gallery to demonstrate the vivacity and diversity of refugee experiences in the United States. The results of The Story of Us suggested that storytelling is an engaging way to educate people about the experiences of refugees in the U.S and raised questions about how it can contribute to the development of more inclusive and welcoming communities.

Refugee, Community, Education, Storytelling, Arts, Xenophobia
2019 Special Focus—Border Crossing Narratives: Learning from the Refugee Experience
Innovation Case Studies

Kya Roumimper

Coordinator of Multicultural Student Support and Success and Equity Education, Office of Multicultural Student Support and Success, Keene State College, United States
United States

Social justice educator working to embolden communities to organize, mobilize, and resist systems of oppression. I stand with intersectional movements of reclamation; working to reclaim identities, experiences, and voices that have been lost, stolen, or silenced. My work is grounded in sustainability, equity, inclusion, and compassion. I possess a strong background in diversity and multicultural programming, community organizing, strategic partnerships, coalition building, advocacy, and academic research.