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Degrees of Change Statement on Recent Racial Violence

Dear Degrees of Change community, Through recent weeks, we’ve joined people and communities across the country in grieving the continued killings of unarmed Black people. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, together with the false accusations of Amy Cooper, have sparked…
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Michelle’s Story

Michelle Bess always aspired to be a leader and role model. Through Act Six, Michelle got her first glimpse at the kind of impact to be found in radical inclusion. Today, she serves as director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Sprout Social, a Chicago-based…
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Andrea’s Story

When Andrea joined Ready to Rise, her goal was to gain more confidence as a public speaker. She knew it would be an important skill to develop but didn’t know where to find the training and mentorship to do so. As she pursued public speaking…
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Denice’s Story

Upon graduating from Whitworth University as an Act Six scholar, L. Denice Randle committed herself to fighting for educational equity. Since then, she’s charted a career in education that uniquely equipped her for her current role as executive director at Peace Community Center, a nonprofit…
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Gavin’s Story

Gavin Ames currently attends the University of Washington Tacoma as a business administration major. As part of the first cohort of Seed interns, Gavin interned at Gensco, holding the position of Operations Intern, where he was trained to support distribution management and warehouse operations. Gavin…
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Vi’s Story

Vi Nguyen was born in a refugee camp after her parents fled war-ravaged Vietnam. Her family’s notion of success was rooted in the idea that only certain jobs could bring the stability they highly valued given their generation’s trauma. But as a creative at heart,…
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