Feb. 9, 2021
Do You Have a Story to Tell? Join the ‘Hidden Voices’ Project
Central Washington University faculty and staff of color are invited to attend a series of virtual question-and-answer sessions this month to discuss a new diversity initiative called “Hidden Voices of Ellensburg.”
Alumni and members of the Ellensburg community are also invited to attend the informal Q&A sessions, which begin Wednesday, February 10, at 3:30 p.m.
During the next year, participants will be invited to share their stories and experiences about what it’s like to be a person of color working on campus or living in Ellensburg. These accounts — from individuals who often feel like their experiences are “hidden” from the outside world — will be delivered through monologue, poetry, or song.
Once the works are finalized, CWU students will perform the stories next fall.
“What’s nice is you can enter into this project at any level, and with different levels of commitment,” said Sigrid Davison, CWU’s associate director of diversity and inclusivity, who is coordinating the project with faculty members Teresa Divine and Natashia Lindsey.
“You may already have a poem written, or you may have never written anything creative in your life. But that’s OK,” she added. “We can work together to craft your story into the piece you want.”
The second virtual Q&A is scheduled for 1-2 p.m. this Friday, with two more sessions planned February 23 and 25. Davison said any person of color in the CWU or Ellensburg community with a story to tell — or who thinks they might — is encouraged to attend at least one of the sessions.
“You don’t have to come with anything other than your interest,” she said.