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Diversity Articles

"Hearing genuine, powerful stories brings racism alive for participants."
-- Doug Harris, managing director of The Kaleidoscope Group, a Chicago-based diversity-consulting firm


Here are excerpts from Tribes & Bridges, a performance at Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theater, where storytellers Antonio Sacre, La'Ron Williams, and Susan O'Halloran speak about the difficult issues of racism and inequality through insightful, engaging, and powerful tales.

The articles and web sites below describe various uses of storytelling and diversity education, including:

  • corporate diversity-training sessions for organizations including Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture

  • Race Bridges for Schools has free stories about diversity, inclusion and racial justice. These stories come with Lesson Plans and audio downloads for classrooms and groups. The goal of Race Bridges is bring races together. High School age through Adult.

  • World Stories is a website that offers interlingual resources celebrating the 21 most spoken languages in UK school students' homes. The stories are both in English and the language the story. This provides a unique opportunity for teachers to raise students' awareness of the beautiful scripts and sounds of many different languages. And for multinational classes, where students come from different cultures, here is an opportunity for their heritages to be acknowledged among their peers.

  • A grassroots organization in Atlanta where Jewish and Muslin women bake and share stories together while breaking down cultural stereotypes

For more information about the uses of storytelling in diversity, see:

  1. Storytellers Project wins top honors at INMA World Congress USA TODAY (McLean, VA), May 25, 2016

  2. Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling helps fill in education gaps (Denver, CO), February 3, 2016

  3. Learn about storytelling project 'We Listen' Penn State Beaver (Monaca, PA), January 27, 2016

  4. Arizona High School Students Forge Special Bonds With Seniors Through Storytelling KJZZ.ORG (Tempe, AZ), December 22, 2015

  5. Storytellers partner to bring stories that tackle race Atlanta Daily World (Atlanta, Georgia), September 8, 2015

  6. Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivors Pass Their Stories to a New Generation The New York Times (New York, NY), August 5, 2015

  7. Storytelling is Now Part of the International Day of Peace Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (New York, NY), October 1, 2014

  8. Oral Fixation project brings stories by immigrants to stage at the Dallas Museum of Art Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX), June 17, 2014

  9. The Tale of Two Schools New York Times Magazine (New York, NY), May 4, 2014

  10. Scientists Study Why Stories Exist Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), April 4, 2014

  11. The new Jews of L.A.: A Muslim-Jewish partnership breaks new ground in Los Angeles Haaretz (Tel Aviv, Israel), March 5, 2014

  12. The Tin Can Tales Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, AL), November 14, 2013

  13. Digital Storytelling Workshop Records Passions for Justice The Denver Post (Denver, CO), October 5, 2013

  14. Community Storytelling Project: Building Relationships Through Stories Twin Cities Daily Planet (Minneapolis, MN), August 15, 2013

  15. NPR's Mobile Storytelling Unit Makes a Stop in Boise Idaho Statesman (Boise, ID), June 11, 2013

  16. The Power Of Storytelling - How Telling Stories Created A Great School Forbes (New York, NY), October 15, 2012

  17. Sikh Woman Balpreet Kaur Turns Cyber Bullying Incident into Inspiration, September 27, 2012

  18. It’s Just Stories: Online Racial Justice Storytelling Festival Connects People Globally NewCity Stage (Chicago, IL), August 2, 2012

  19. Promoting Multiculturalism in Our Homes and Schools: It Starts with a Story Huffington Post (New York, NY), July 18, 2012

  20. Telling Folk Tales in Class Can Inspire Learners to Share Their Own Stories Guardian Weekly (London, UK), April 10, 2012

  21. USA Network Catches 'em Young: Characters Unite Program Tours Los Angeles, Teaches Diversity Variety (Los Angeles, CA), February 13, 2012

  22. Birmingham Mother Becomes UK Storytelling Laureate Birmingham Mail (Birmingham, UK), January 16, 2012

  23. Dakota Have Stories to Tell, Culture to Share The Free Press (Mankato, MN), January 8, 2012

  24. Vancouver Island Inuit Storyteller Inspired by Kids The Victoria Times Colonist (Victoria, BC, Canada), November 12, 2011

  25. A Shared Humanity Metroland (Albany, NY), September 8, 2011

  26. The Psychological Power of Storytelling Psychology Today (New York, NY), January 16, 2011

  27. All Life's on Stage: Students, Residents Spin True Tales in College Series Addison County Independent (Addison County, VT), April 22, 2010

  28. New Take on Storytelling Lancaster Guardian (Lancaster, UK), February 11, 2010

  29. Senior Center Invites All: Come and Share Your Stories The Herald of Randolph (Randolph, VT), February 4, 2010

  30. Red Feather Woman Weaves Native American Christmas Story for Eager Crowd at Museum Estes Park Trail Gazette (Estes Park, CO), December 11, 2009

  31. Project Tells the Digital Story of Latino Culture Spartan Daily (San Jose State Universtiy, CA), September 9, 2009

  32. Cherokee Storyteller Shares Culture, Faith Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas), August 14, 2009

  33. Telling Stories, Building Bridges Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest (IL), June 2, 2009

  34. Oral History Class Preserves History, Promotes Community Arizona State University News (Phoenix, AZ), May 21, 2009

  35. Festival Connects Storytelling, Peace-building Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Canada), May 6, 2009

  36. Youngsters Enjoy a Special Story on World Storytelling Day The Shields Gazette (South Shields, UK), April 15, 2008

  37. Asian Pacific American Student Association Event Aims to Change Perceptions Daily Trojan (Student Newspaper of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA), March 4, 2008

  38. Storytelling Can Make a Difference in Conflict The Times of India (New Delhi, India), October 1, 2007

  39. Literacy Project Involves Students, Community The Appalachian (Appalachian State University, Boone, NC), September 13, 2007

  40. One Way to Close Culture Gap? Telling Tales Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), September 6, 2007

  41. Storytelling Added to Lakota Nation Invitational Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, SD), July 23, 2007

  42. Stories Bring the World to City Fair Portland Press Herald (Portland, ME), June 3, 2007

  43. Storytellers Tackle Modern Woes with Old Tales (UK), May 24, 2007

  44. Building Community One Story at a Time New Haven Independent (New Haven, CT), February 27, 2007

  45. Brown Bag Lunch Series Presents Traditional Stories and Storytelling East Valley City News (Phoenix, AZ), March 6, 2007

  46. New Experiences Created Through Old Tribal Stories The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), March 19, 2006

  47. Gathering Local Stories From Residential School Survivors Opinion250 News (Prince George, British Columbia, Canada), March 11, 2006

  48. Latino Vets of WWII Share Stories The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), March 11, 2006

  49. Storytelling with String Games: Navajo Teen Shares Ritual at High School The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), March 8, 2006

  50. National Museum Expands Academic Frontiers National Indigenous Times (Australia), March 8, 2006

  51. Event Offers Peek into Tribal Culture The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), March 7, 2006

  52. Saving Tay Nguyen Epics Viet Nam News (Hanoi, Vietnam), January 15, 2006

  53. King's Legacy Alive and Well Union-Tribune (San Diego, CA), January 15, 2006

  54. Stories Give Crowd a Lift Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), December 4, 2005

  55. African Diaspora Celebration The Journal (Westchester, NY), July 10, 2005

  56. London Through Refugee Eyes Open Democracy (London, UK), June 20, 2005

  57. Never Stop Learning The Battalion - Texas A&M (College Station, TX), June 20, 2005

  58. Juneteenth Tradition in Clover Park Celebrates the End of Slavery in U.S. Marina del Rey Argonaut (Marina del Rey, CA), June 17, 2005

  59. Stories Celebrate Juneteenth Day Auburn Citizen (Auburn, NY), June 16, 2005

  60. Juneteenth Speaker Passionate about Storytelling, Education The Battalion - Texas A&M (College Station, TX), June 15, 2005

  61. Israeli-developed Coexistence Education Project Awarded International Prize Israel 21C - A Focus Beyond the Conflict (Cupertino, CA), June 5, 2005

  62. Holmes Pupils Find Home in ‘Name and Place’ Wednesday Journal (Oak Park, IL), May 10, 2005

  63. Storytelling Project Aims to Help New York City High School Students Deal With Racial Issues AScribe - The Public Interest News Wire (Oakland, CA), May 5, 2005

  64. Disagreement in America: What's Your Story? The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA), April 25, 2005

  65. Storytelling Festival Aims to Break Down Barriers Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales, UK), April 18, 2005

  66. Ukiah Players Theatre Kicks Off New Community-Based Theatre Project Willits News (Willits, CA), April 8, 2005

  67. Lore of the Past: Sussex Women Relive History Sussex Post (Sussex County, DE), March 31, 2005

  68. Tellin' Tales about Women Holmen Courier (Holmen, WI), March 18, 2005

  69. Charette Advocate for Many Billings Gazette (Billings, MT), March 15, 2005

  70. Traditional Storytelling Celebrates Life, Nature The Missoulian (Missoula, MT), January 23, 2005

  71. African Storytellers Know the FUNdamentals of Learning Providence Journal (Providence, RI), January 20, 2005

  72. Memories of Sandtown Waco Tribune Herald (Waco, TX), January 19, 2005

  73. Kwanzaa Storyteller Generates Audience Response Helena Daily World (Helena, AR), December 6, 2004

  74. Native American Serves as 'Trail of Tears' Guide Northlake Herald-Journal (Glenview, IL), December 1, 2004

  75. Tales of the Diggings The Age (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), November 30, 2004

  76. Storytellers Weave Their Yarns at Waipio Festival Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, HI), November 19, 2004

  77. Fables, Myths, History Twirl into Storytelling Art The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS), November 19, 2004

  78. Stories Enchant Students The Ithacan (Ithaca, New York), November 18, 2004

  79. Storyteller Nurses 'Their Spirits' Baton Rouge Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), November 7, 2004

  80. Life Stories of Elders Preserve Oral Tradition StarPhoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), November 6, 2004

  81. Conference Examines Power of Storytelling University of Wisconsin-Madison University Communications (Madison, WI), November 4, 2004

  82. Local American Indian Girls Adding Culture to Their Lives The Porterville Recorder (Porterville, CA), November 4, 2004

  83. Storyteller to Explore 'Blessings of Ramadan' The Battalion (Texas A&M, College Station, TX), November 1, 2004

  84. New Museum Shares American Indian Story Bucks County Courier Times (Lower Bucks County, PA), September 22, 2004

  85. Storytellers Go Traditional, Teach More than Folklore The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC), September 20, 2004

  86. National Pride: The National Museum of the American Indian Opens on the Mall The Washington Post, September 17, 2004

  87. Nanticoke Powwow: Weekend of Stories and Dancing Sussex Post (Sussex County, DE), September 17, 2004

  88. North End Tour Stirs Old Memories The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT), September 12, 2004

  89. In Their Own Words The Oregonian (Portland, OR), September 12, 2004

  90. Sharing Stories is Focus of Museum's New Exhibit Daily Democrat (Woodland, CA), September 9, 2004

  91. Telling the Holocaust Story The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem, Israel), September 6, 2004

  92. Indian Summer Days At Audubon Acres (Chattanooga, TN), September 1, 2004

  93. He's Found Escape in Life and Onstage The Boston Globe, August 27, 2004

  94. Across the Land, Plots are Thickening LA Times, July 29, 2004

  95. Hoping Message of 'Rice' Will Stick Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois), July 19, 2004

  96. Food for Thought Atlanta Jewish Times, December 29, 2003

  97. Even in a High-Tech World, Storytellers Can Still Spin a Good Yarn Chicago Tribune Online Edition, July, 2003

  98. Promoting Diversity Through Storytelling Career Journal from THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, July, 2003

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