Follow us:

Education Lab Blog

Education Lab is a yearlong project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

May 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Photos: Students take to the stage for storytelling event

Five local college students took to the stage at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on Tuesday evening to share their inspiring stories about overcoming obstacles to pursue higher education.

Dozens of community members attended the program, which was organized by Education Lab and the Road Map Project and emceed by local poet and filmmaker Rose McAleese. Between storytellers, the audience took part in several text-based polls about the college experience and their personal aspirations.

College access experts were also available after the program to answer questions and offer guidance.

Photos from the evening are posted below. Come back to the Education Lab blog later today for videos of the speakers telling their stories. (UPDATE: Videos of each story are available here.)

UW-Tacoma student Marcus Affleje shares his story at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Photo by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times.

UW-Tacoma student Marcus Aflleje shares his story at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Photos by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times.

Bellevue College student Melody Salcedo speaks on stage. Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times

Bellevue College student Melody Salcedo speaks on stage.

EDLAB STORYTELLERS

Audience members use their cell phones to participate in text-based polling.

Student speaker Riley Germanis is graduating from Western Washington University next month and will continue his studies at Seattle Pacific University this summer. Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times.

Student speaker Riley Germanis is graduating from Western Washington University next month and will continue his studies at Seattle Pacific University this summer.

Emcee Rose McAleese shared information about college access between student speakers. Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times.

Emcee Rose McAleese shared information about college access between student speakers.

Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times

Student speaker Ameen Tabatabai on stage during the event. Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times.

Student speaker Ameen Tabatabai on stage during the event.

Miki Cabell shares her story. Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times.

Miki Cabell shares her story.

Marcus Affleje is graduating from the UW-Tacoma this year and will start a full-time job at Boeing next month. Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times.

Marcus Aflleje is graduating from the UW-Tacoma this year and will start a full-time job at Boeing next month.

Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times.

Emcee Rose McAleese. Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times.

Photo by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times.

Comments | More in News | Topics: higher ed, Road Map Project, storytellers

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►