During a time of deep division in our country and our world, the Office of Intercultural Engagement and the Office of Housing and Residence Life want to celebrate the immense diversity of our community. As Spartans, we are dedicated to building bridges, not throwing up walls. In the spirit of that goal, we will be undertaking a project to record the personal stories of our community members, known as “Humans of UNCG.” The initiative is based off of the Humans of New York blog by Brandon Stanton. We NEED your help to make it a reality!
In honor of the 125th Anniversary of UNC Greensboro, we are attempting to collect 125 stories from current UNCG students. Our theme is that of “home” and we are seeking stories that define your experience of “home.” We are asking that you share your stories with us, along with your name, hometown, and a quality picture of yourself. From the submissions, we will select 125 to make into posters that will be displayed in the Elliott University Center and the residence halls during Homecoming.
Our hope is that through sharing and learning each other’s stories, we may come closer together as a community. We understand that many stories are deeply personal, but we hope you are willing to share with us!
Submissions are due October 12, 2017. Submit Your Story >
Humans of UNCG Gallery
“Home” is a feeling I receive when I am most comfortable with the people around me and my surroundings. Spending time with my friends and family, no matter the location, is when I feel at home. Here at UNCG I receive the feeling of home; every time I am on our campus I feel comfortable and feel as if I am a part of something larger than myself. Although UNCG provides comfort, it also has provided opportunities to get out of my comfort zone resulting in growth and many lessons learned. UNCG will always be home to me.
Akhenaten “Ike” Truitt
I am a transfer student from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia but due to my parents’ divorce my mother took me and my three siblings to Durham, North Carolina. While living in Atlanta, my family and I experienced very hard times and I was raised in a place people consider the ghetto. Although it was tough I believe that growing up in the environment shaped me to be the person I am. I spent my final year of middle school and my entire high school years living in Durham. With the move came many opportunities that enabled me to be where I am and who I am today. At Northern High School I was involved in multiple sports and contributed to many mentoring programs that are now very important at Northern. I was a head mentor for a program called Young Men of Progress (YMOP), I helped start a peer mediation program to prevent school suspensions and I also was a founder for a leadership program where seniors would help incoming freshmen get acclimated to their new high school lives. I decided to use the unfortunate circumstances I went through as a child as fuel to inspire, help and relate to others that might have been in the same predicament I was in. I now strive to be a Bio-technology Engineer and I aspire to be a scientist that creates inventions that can potentially help others in need.
As a black and gay woman there aren’t many places that I know for a fact is an inclusive, and comfortable environment that I can fully express myself in except for home. For me, home has never just been limited to a physical space or person. I’ve always looked at it as one of the many ways in which you experience love. Home is wherever I can shed the layer of security that I put on every day. Home is where I know that my true self is acknowledged. Home is support and peace. I was born in Long Island, NY but raised in Charlotte, NC. I’ve traveled between those two locations a lot but didn’t truly find home until I stepped into UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement. The staff, the space itself, and the resources that it offers has made me feel more accepted and loved than I have ever felt in my entire life. To know that in the midst of this crazy journey called college, there is a place that I can enter and shed the weight of my day is truly a special feeling. I thank God every day for blessing me with a space that I can call home on this campus.