Our Words, Our Truths: Storytelling for Collective Identity and Community Engagement

A Road Scholar Program by Ada Cheng

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Mar 23, 2023


DeKalb County History Center
1730 N Main St
Sycamore, IL 60178


Open to the public

This eclectic presentation will map out my own journey as an Asian American and immigrant storyteller and delineate how my personal stories reflect and mirror urgent social concerns of our time. It also includes my experiences as a storytelling producer, who engages in community-based storytelling. This workshop aims at providing community builders the foundational skill set to build intimate communities through storytelling.

The workshop includes the following components:

  1. Why is storytelling important to our understanding of personal and collective experiences?
  2. How can we use personal stories to critically reflect urgent social issues of our time, such as racism, xenophobia, gender-based violence, etc.?
  3. What does community-based storytelling mean? How do we use personal storytelling for collective identity formation and community engagement?
  4. How can we strategically use storytelling to address the issue of equity, beyond diversity and inclusion?

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Michelle Donahoe at michelle@dekalbcountyhistory.org.


At this time, as our community is a “low risk” for COVID. There are no restrictions. However, we will closely watch to see if there is a change in numbers and will follow any CDC and local recommendations.

Learn more about Ada Cheng, this program, and how to book it.