People of color, L.G.B.T., immigrant, religious minority, disabled,
we are neighbors, colleagues, friends,
this is who WE are.

By clicking on the arrow below each caption (desktop) or on each picture (mobile) you can read a personal statement from each subject and access a video recording of that statement when available.

Marekka Nickens, 29, elementary school teacher, born and raised in Columbia, MO.

Ann Alofs, 45, elementary school teacher, lesbian, Columbia, MO (originally from Rolla, MO.)

Natalia Prats, 37, teacher, performer at heart, Columbia, MO, originally from Puerto Rico.

Gretchen Maune, 35, activist, blind, Columbia, MO (originally from Blue Springs, MO.)

Darrell Cruse, 24, artist, Columbia, MO, originally from Chicago, IL.

Spenser Crum, 25, mother, Columbia, MO, and born and raised there, and her daughter, Melany Analiese Funes, 2, whose father is from El Salvador.

David Aguayo, 30, PhD. student at Mizzou, brought over from Mexico by his parents as a child, Columbia, MO. David Aguayo, 30, estudiante en Mizzou, traído desde Mexico por sus padres cuando era niño, Columbia, MO.

Ana Garcia, 25, student in public health at MACC, brought over by her parents from Mexico when she was six years old, Columbia, MO (originally from Oaxaca, Mexico.) Ana Garcia, 25, estudiante en salud pública en MACC, traída por sus padres a los seis años, Columbia, MO (de Oaxaca, México.)

Ammer Ahmad, 20, student in Chemical engineering at Mizzou, Muslim, Columbia, MO, originally from Palestine.

Kerra Williams, 34, author, born in Columbia, MO, but raised in Germany.

Evonnia Woods, 34, organizer with Reproaction, Columbia, MO (originally from Pulaski, IL.)

Nawfee Khadeeda, 40, mother to nine, Yazidi Christian, Columbia, MO, originally from Iraq.

Al Cox Jr., 27, customer service clerk, identifies “as me,” Columbia, MO (originally from Saint Louis, MO.)

Anthony Johnson, 31, case manager for Services for Independent Living, Columbia, MO.

Addison McGuire, 20, senior student in biology at Central Methodist University, trans, Fayette, MO (originally from Higbee, MO.)

Reverend C.W. Dawson, 63, graduate of Princeton University, Dr. in Philosophy, author, Columbia, MO (originally from St Joseph, MO.)

Audra Sergel, 42, musician, bisexual, Columbia, MO (originally from Maryville, MO.)

Bushra Faris, 56, interpreter (obstetrics surgeon in her native country,) Columbia, MO, originally from Iraq.

Chuckie Dalton, 17, high school student, non-binary, from Boonville (originally from Arizona.)

Patsy Galbreath-Johnson, 57, community organizer and event coordinator, Jefferson City, MO.

Traci Wilson-kleekamp, 53, PhD student at the MU College of Education, Columbia, MO (originally from California.)

Fatimah Krgo, 19, student in Digital Storytelling at Mizzou, Muslim, born and raised in Columbia, MO, from Bosnia.

Dawn Zeterberg, 57, self-advocate, unemployed, living with cerebral palsy, Columbia, MO (originally from St Louis, MO.)

Adrian Clifton, 33, PhD. in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, author, community educator and activist, Columbia, MO.

Kai Freter, 18, studying for the equivalent to a high school diploma, gender fluid lesbian, from Columbia, MO.

Clyde Ruffin, 65, professor and chair emeritus (University  of Missouri,) senior pastor at Second Baptist Church, First Ward representative (Columbia City Council,) president of the John William Boone Heritage Foundation, Columbia, MO (originally from Kansas City, MO.)

Fridman Torales Ríos, 39, circus performer (and my husband,) Columbia, MO, originally from Peru. Fridman Torales Ríos, 39, artista de circo (y mi esposo,) Columbia, MO, del Perú.

JD Mobley, 14, high school student, lesbian, Boonville, MO (originally from Florida.)

Nikki McGruder, regional manager for Diversity Awareness Partnership and director of the Journey towards Inclusive Excellence, Columbia, MO (originally from Peoria, IL.)

Luis Ramirez, 37, restaurant owner, Columbia, MO, originally from Jesus Maria, Jalisco, México. Luis Ramirez, 37, dueño de restaurante, Columbia, MO, originalmente de Jesus Maria, Jalisco, México.

Camren Cross, 42, Community Recreation Supervisor with the City of Columbia, Columbia, MO (originally from Arkansas.)

Dakota Gladbach, 28, administrative counselor at Central Methodist University, gay, Fayette, MO (originally from Brookfield, MO.)

Arizbeth Iliana Viveros, 45, certified nursing assistant, Columbia, MO (originally from Veracrúz, Mexico.) Arizbeth Iliana Viveros, 45, assistante de enfermera, Columbia, MO (de Veracrúz, México.)

Clara Umbe, 28, health educator with the Public Health Department at Mizzou, Columbia, MO, originally from Kinshasa, Congo.

Maria Hernandez Ramirez, 33, restaurant owner, Columbia, MO, originally from San Miguel, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Evan Melkersman, 31, community organizer, gay, Boonville, MO.

Tateonna Thompson, 22, struggling artist, Columbia, MO.

Dr. William E. Robertson, 82, retired Mizzou faculty member, Columbia, MO (originally from Columbus, OH.)

Nadia Navarrete-Tindall, 62, naturalist, Columbia, MO (originally from San Salvador, El Savador.)

Verna Laboy, 60, community activist and health educator, Columbia, MO (originally from Hannibal, MO.)

Maria Montañes, 22, exercise science student at Central Methodist University, lesbian, Fayette, MO (originally from Tarragona, Spain.)

Sifa Bihomora, 19, musician, born and raised in Columbia, MO, from a Rwandan family who fled the genocide in 1996 to settle in the U.S.

Patch Robison, 20, retail worker and hobby dog trainer, gender fluid and panromantic, Columbia, MO.

Alexander King, 22, studying to be a dog trainer, trans, Columbia, MO (originally from Kansas City, MO.)

Chimene Schwach, 48, community advocate, Columbia, MO (originally from Kansas City, MO.)

Hannan Elliott, 21, student in sociology at Central Methodist University, bisexual, Fayette, MO.

L. Lou Davis, 43, artist, small business owner, Columbia, MO (originally from Labelle, MO.)

Jordan Elliot Richards, 28, medical technologist at Boone Hospital, trans, Columbia, MO (originally from Springfield, MO.)

Bill Thompson, 67, retired from the City of Columbia's Parks and Recreation department, musician, Columbia, MO (originally from Arkansas.)

Radhia Khenissi, 26, banker, from Columbia, MO, originally from Tunisia.

Janie Ridgwell, 22, community behavioral specialist with Burrell Behavioral Health, bisexual, Fayette, MO.

Lois Hightower, 77, retired, foster grandparent, on the board of the Worley Street Roundtable, Columbia, MO (originally from Peoria, IL.)

Emily Day, 21, music major at Central Methodist University, pansexual, Fayette, MO (originally from Wellsville, MO.)

Ameerah Sanders, 22, graduated from Mizzou with a Bachelors of Arts in English, film-maker and comedian, Columbia, MO (originally from Atlanta, GA.

Nina Hampton, 67, retired psychiatric nurse, lesbian, Columbia, MO (originally from Fulton, MO.)

Sarah Klaassen, 34, pastor at Rock Bridge Christian Church, Columbia, MO (originally from Whitewater, KS.)

Sierra Key, 16, high school student, pansexual, Boonville, MO.

Suzanne Bagby, 50, activist, from Columbia, MO (originally from Fayette, MO.)

Ozzy Silva, 43, artist, Columbia, MO, originally from Bogota, Colombia.

Ansel Herrera Garcia, 17, high school student, Mexico, MO (originally from Oaxaca, Mexico.) Ansel Herrera Garcia, 17, estudiante de colegio, Mexico, MO (deOaxaca, Mexico.)

Nina Karma, 27, nursing home caregiver, from Columbia, MO, originally from Togo.

Adrian Bisberg, 23, musician and writer, he/him, St Louis, MO, originally from Boulder, CO.

S.A. “Essay” Billings, 65, retired public transit executive, president of the St Louis Gender Foundation, Jefferson City, MO (originally from Kansas City, MO.)

Elaine Brune, 63, gender non-confirming/gender non-binary, thgey/them, St. Louis, MO (originally from Kansas City, MO).

Jay-Marie Hill, 29, they/them, black trans musician and educator, St Louis, MO (originally from Castro Valley, CA.)

Reyna Hernandez Alvarez, 42, entrepreneur, Mexico, MO (originally from Oaxaca, Mexico.) Reyna Hernandez Alvarez, 42, empresaria, Mexico, MO (de Oaxaca, Mexico.)

Ayanna Shivers, 47, pastor and educator, Mexico, MO.

Kevin Smith Jr., 39, father, Columbia, MO (originally from Kalamazoo, MI.)

Allison D”Agostino, 30, somo representative and athlete, Columbia, MO.

Karon M. Watson, 66, retired Navy veteran, Columbia, MO (originally from St Louis, MO.)

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WE are the people is a multimedia series of portraits of individuals belonging to marginalized communities in and around Columbia, Missouri.
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