Learning Along the Way

Our grantees are called upon to lead their organizations, weave networks, and strengthen social movements. These inspiring profiles celebrate their work: the challenges they face, and the important lessons they’re learning while they work to make a positive difference.

Jose Antonio Vargas

CEO and Founder, Define American

The Pulitzer Prize-winning founder of Define American and #EmergingUS reflects on the value of curiosity and empathy, and about what it will take to change the politics of immigration.

Where are you from? Manila, Philippines. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? A hardboiled egg and a Starbucks venti iced coffee with soy milk. Where do you call home? Los Angeles, where my shoes are,…

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Meng So

Director, Undocu­mented Student Program at U.C. Berkeley

Meng So works with undocumented students at Cal. He talks about the role of love in his work, the need for authentic voices in social movements, and his (unfulfilled) NBA dreams.

Where are you from? I was born along the Thailand/Cambodia border in a refugee camp and migrated to the Bay Area with my family and parents when I was two. Where do you call home? Home is my family. It’s a feelin…

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