Sharing stories, making connections

The Dean of Students Office and the Council on Inclusion and Diversity, which aims to engage the entire college in embracing and celebrating diversity on campus, brought Dear World to Wheaton in October 2017. The portrait and storytelling project facilitated a series of intimate sessions in which students, staff and faculty shared the moments that have impacted their lives. Snippets of those moments were written on their skin, and their Dear World portraits were shared via social media and during an event in Cole chapel. An email invitation to the campus best described the approach to connecting with others: “We all have stories that chronicle our lives, and no one knows our stories better than us. We are a community built of wonderful and dynamically different people. Today we get the opportunity to move past tolerating or just accepting our collective differences. Today we get the opportunity to truly start appreciating and celebrating all the amazing individuals within our community.” Here are just a few of the portraits and stories. Read more, Dear World at Wheaton.

Photos courtesy of Dear World