Missouri Campuses to Tell Stories of Those Facing Immigration Status, Race Relations, Disabilities, and More

Missouri Campuses to Tell Stories of Those Facing Immigration Status, Race Relations, Disabilities, and More

A few weeks back we announced our partnership with 14 state Campus Compacts that will bring the Facing Project model to 70 new campuses/communities across the country. Over the coming weeks we will announce them on our site as the colleges and universities are selected in each state. Yesterday, we announced two new California-based projects, and today we are excited to announce five new Missouri-based projects through the partnership with Missouri Campus Compact.

Fontbonne University (Clayton, MO): Facing Undocumented Students and Higher Education

Under the direction of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Corinne Wohlford and Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Adam Flores, this project will tell the stories of immigration status and access and success.

Missouri State University (Springfield, MO): The Many Faces of Poverty—A Facing Project

Under the direction of Kathy Nordyke from the Center for Community Engagement, this project will tell the stories of a community struggling with severe poverty

Stephens College (Columbia, MO): Facing Difference, Finding Understanding

Under the direction of Dean Gail Humphries Mardirosian of the School of Performing Arts, this project will tell the stories of socially constructed differences and race relations.

University of Missouri—Kansas City (Kansas City, MO): Facing Disabilities

Under the direction of Research Associate Alexis Petri and Graduate Student Laura Hurse from the Institute for Human Development, this project will tell the stories of inclusion from the perspective of those who face disabilities each day.

University of Missouri—St. Louis (Ferguson, MO): Facing Trauma, Youth Resilience, & Healing

Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Social Work Kristen Wagner, this project will tell the stories of those living in Ferguson—both the distress of the community and the powerful ways community members are uniting to better know one another and create a more inclusive, resilient community.

Each of these Facing Projects will bring together community partners, college students, storytellers, writers, artists, volunteers and their broader communities to learn from the first-person stories of their neighbors—and to be inspired by the stories to create new, hyper-local conversations and action.

We will share more details about each of these projects as they roll out over the next year.

If you would like to bring The Facing Project model to your campus/community, check out our Info. Guide and let us know if you’d like to connect.