dadyo-picParish hosted the Dallas Area Diversity Youth Organization on November 29, 2016. The organization’s member schools –  Jesuit, Hockaday, St. Mark’s, Greenhill, Alcuin, Ursuline, and ESD – take turns hosting monthly educational and fellowship meetings.

The focal activity at Parish’s DADYO meeting replicated NPR’s StoryCorps #Whoweare project, a series of real-life stories told by everyday Americans. Dallas students who attended shared about themselves.  StoryCorps created “these animated videos to build bridges of understanding between people and help us recognize our shared humanity,” and that’s exactly what happened at our event.

Produced with Upworthy with support from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and Delta Air Lines, the hope of the campaign is to enhance the importance of identity and how it contributes to the way we interact with other people.  The #Whoweare project  asks every American to step up and participate not just by sharing these stories with others, but also by reaching out to someone different from them to ask about where they come from, what they care about, and who they love. Asking questions and listening intently to other’s  stories is a powerful force for good, because when we take the time to listen to each other, we see the beauty, poetry and grace hiding in plain sight all around us.