Part of my own learning through this process has been a growing awareness that identity is something that can never be summarized by words alone. There can be great value in claiming specific label-based identities, but our depth of understanding about who a person is increases exponentially when we take the time to hear a bit of their story.
In light of that, I will resist the urge to share statistical data about the various people who have participated in this project. Suffice it to say, if the pool of participants were to be surveyed categorically, you would find a wide range of identities represented, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, and atheists; males, females, and several individuals who fall somewhere in between; white folks, brown folks, mixed race folks, and others; people who were born and raised in the U.S., and people who live with the threat of deportation.
The goal, however, is not to “figure out” who’s who. The goal is to begin seeing some of the deeper complexities that are frequently masked by stereotype-laden labels – to catch a glimpse of the story within each of us. As you explore this site, consider for yourself where you might see some thread of commonality with your own story.