Here’s what some of our partners have to say about the value of InterAction’s programs.

“Taeyin & Deandra delivered a powerful, story-centered workshop around the historical and present experiences of Asian Americans. Their personable and passionate approach allowed students and staff to feel at ease in better understanding this group labeled as “model minorities” and “perpetual foreigners.” Students left the training feeling empowered to take steps to rewrite their own life stories and experiences.”

Mary Xiong
Student Support Specialist, Gateway Technical College Counter Narrative Workshop Attendee

“This has been one of my favorite memories from college. It allowed me to be creative, to express myself, and be passionate about the things that InterAction stands for. InterAction gave me a platform.”

Jackie Navarro
Student, Holy Cross College Stage for Change Student Leader

“I am a cultural and youth worker with over 12 years of experience in community work. I have managed to advance in my career without having a real framework for understanding racial inequity. The content shared was useful to each participant for different reasons, and mine was to try to come to terms with what I was learning and with my own ignorance. This conference was life changing and has put me on a long path of self-education to better equip myself to promote racial equity through my work and my life.”

Matthew Searle
Assistant Director, Experimental Station Conference Attendee

“InterAction has shown a rare ability to push people to a higher level emotionally, physically, and socially. Whether it was helping fellow community members with their writing, listening to communities issues, or just pulling people out of their comfort zone by participating in various activities they put on in our community, InterAction provides the crucial constructive criticism and positive reinforcement that marginalized people of color need.”

Charles Payne
Teacher, Career Academy South Bend Conference Attendee & Stage for Change Attendee

“When InterAction approached me to inquire as to whether Indiana University South Bend would be open to bringing a similar performance to our campus, I immediately jumped on the opportunity for our students to have their voices and experiences heard. I strongly believe that Stage for Change has created a unique and innovative performance model that engages students at every level of production. The final product, a series of live performances that tell stories from the perspective of students, is both empowering and provocative in all the best ways. I am thrilled that we are able to bring this important work to our campus and believe that Stage for Change and InterAction should be on every campus in the country.”

Darryl Heller
Director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center, Indiana University South Bend Stage for Change Attendee

“Working with InterAction has been the highlight of my academic career. I have always been passionate about theater for social justice and was humbled by the hard work that goes into InterAction’s mission to create radically inclusive communities for all intersections to thrive in. It was a privilege to be able to work with students at our local campus sites and witness their growth and transformation into empowered community leaders.
Many of these student leaders complain about invisibility and ignorance on their campus, or even struggle to articulate the social issues that prevail on their campus themselves. Through InterAction’s sensitivity, organizational and community-building training, these leaders are able to receive the support they need to identify, understand and therefore dismantle toxic power hierarchies.
InterAction’s theater process not only validates the experiences of marginalized voices but also effectively instigates crucial conversation. In doing so InterAction creates practices of upliftment and healing, as well as implements its sustainable goal of driving social change. As an activist, it has been a delight to work in a culture that is wholeheartedly dedicated to upholding its values”

Nandi Mgwaba
Activist, InterAction’s Diversity Catalyst Fellow