The Power of Listening

A more equitable world emerges when we are able to see the world through others’ eyes. This collection of stories illuminates issues at the heart of our work, as told by those closely affected by them.

Voice of Witness continues to guide and inspire this project. Read our interview with the
organization’s co-founder, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Dave Eggers.

Katie Miller profile pic First Person Story

Katherine Miller

| in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Helping repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: A cadet's story

At West Point, Katie Miller faced many challenges — including how to reconcile service to one’s country with being gay under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Katherine “Katie” Miller grew up in Findlay, Ohio, a town with a population of about 40,000 that is located roughly 40 miles south of Toledo in the northwestern part of the state. She attended the local public high…

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Ernesto at the Crissy Field Center, San Francisco, California First Person Story

Ernesto Pepito

| in Community

Helping make Crissy Field a place for everybody

Growing up in the city, Ernesto had the opportunity to connect to nature and the Parks. He now works to ensure that diverse future generations will also become stewards.

Ernesto Pepito was raised by his mother, Patricia, in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, along with an older sister, an older brother and a younger brother. Today, he oversees youth leadership programs f…

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Ju Hong - Undocumented student activist First Person Story

Ju Hong

| in Immigrant Rights

Cal Dreamer finds his voice, and helps others do the same

Ju came to the United States with his family on a tourist visa when he was 11. He learned of his undocumented status when he was applying for college.

Update:May 2016 "I will never allow my immigration status to hinder me from achieving my dreams." Ju is now 26 years old, and recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a master's degree in pub…

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Dr. Q at Johns Hopkins First Person Story

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

| in Immigrant Rights

From field worker to brain surgeon

Alfredo Quiñones came to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant when he was 19 years old. Today, “Dr. Q” is a neurosurgeon, performing more than 250 brain surgeries a year.

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa is a neurosurgeon and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Known as “Dr. Q.” by his students and friends, Alfredo performs more tha…

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