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The Power of Our Stories

Who is the typical community college student? Who makes up our CCA community? There is no such thing as “typical” in our College. Each of our students bring with them a unique and complex voice, set of values, intersecting identities, and wealth of experiences.

“The Power of Our Stories” is a campaign born through Inclusive Excellence to highlight these impressive narratives, breaking the dominant definition of a “typical” CCA student. This series of ten posters demonstrates a small fraction of who encompasses the CCA population. You may find similarities between some of the stories; you may find differences. You may see yourself in someone’s story. You may learn something new.

Help us break the dominant narrative that each person is a single story, because we know that simply isn’t true. We carry with us a multitude of stories. Listen. Share. Our Stories Matter.

View a video called "The Danger of a Single Story".


Portrait of a woman

The Power of Our Stories: Empower

“I am undervalued and underestimated because of my gender in a patriarchal and white dominant society. I aspire to be a greatly succeeding Hispanic woman to prove these dominant narratives wrong.”

Stephanie C.

Portrait of a man

The Power of Our Stories: Passion

“Beyond being an immigrant, I am someone who loves just as anyone else does, and I pursue my passions. I swim for competitive fun. I am passionate about equity and my identity does not and will not limit who I am because I will not let it.“

Omar T.

Portrait of a woman

The Power of Our Stories: Disrupt

“I am not what they show on the TV. I am a regular person like anyone else. I will not let the false judgments define who I am and the beauty of my religion. Islam taught me to love.”

Zizi A.

A woman walking up stairs

The Power of Our Stories: Aware

“I am a Black woman. I must work twice as hard to prove myself to a society that doesn’t see past my skin color. If we show too much emotion, we’re being aggressive and dramatic. If we don’t show enough emotion, we’re just angry and have an attitude problem. It’s like we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. I live my life sentence by sentence.”

Alexis M.

Artwork of tortillas

The Power of Our Stories: Comfort

“Even though the house was full of people I felt a sense of freedom being around my family and no one cared what anyone did. We had a good time and it was like all of our problems were gone by being around family.”

Juan R. (Author) | Nadine N. (Artist)

Artwork of two women looking in opposite directions

The Power of Our Stories: Journey

“My body is a road.
Each stone, mark, scar a landmark.
What are the things that define a woman?
Stretch marks, scars, memory, pain, love?
Mine is a story of rejection, adaptation,
forging my own way.”

Robley W. (Author) | Michelle C. (Artist)

Artwork of woman looking through a magnify glass

The Power of Our Stories: Change

“My smile used to be a mask- something that hid my true feelings from the world. Today, it is a blessing. I’m loud and proud. Deal with it. Every single grey hair on my head has been earned. I have lived, I have made mistakes, I have learned.
I’m happy. I’m going to be okay. I’m confident, I’m strong.”

Eric L. (Author) | Alex G. (Artist)


Artwork of abstract portrait

The Power of Our Stories: Reveal

“I do not want to lose anybody. It has been four years since his passing and I have blamed myself for a long time. My best friend taught me to value myself and that I do matter; that I am enough. I have learned to love myself and tell others that they are enough, too.”

Vivian L. (Author) | Salem V. (Artist)


Artwork of train coming towards view with a eyes behind the train

The Power of Our Stories: Heal

“I served in the Marine Corps for five years; the burden of seeing or knowing someone who died is deeply buried in my psyche. I suppressed my PTSD symptoms. Not accurately expressing the appropriate way of explaining these feelings only pushed them further into the dark.”

Devon B. (Author) | Ethan S. (Artist)

Artwork of someone drawing a face

The Power of Our Stories: Create

“It’s like I cannot be myself, completely, because I know how people will look at me. Yet, I am someone who is underestimated. I am a devoted young Black man. I am one who desires to spread love and create a platform for my voice to be heard. I am a lover.”

Anthony T. (Author) | Julio R. (Artist)



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