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Connecting through Dance (Andreina Weichselbaumer)

"She always makes the first move.” “He helped me turn my story into movement.” Pioneer Winter and Marjorie Burnett crossed paths by coincidence and inspired each other to create their stereotype-crushing performance, Gimp Gait. They have bonded over their love for performing and the desire to diversify Miami’s small dance community. At first, Pioneer and [...]

May 30th, 2017|Blog Post|Comments Off on Connecting through Dance (Andreina Weichselbaumer)

For Ten Days, I’m Breaking Out Of My Echoing Chamber (Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, Radical Partners)

This is my kid. He doesn’t know this man. But the two of them sat together and played guitar today and it didn’t matter that they didn’t share the same language. Or religion. Or country of origin. Ethnicity. Generation. It. Didn’t Matter. Sometimes I wish our world had the spirit of a three-year-old. We live [...]

May 24th, 2017|Blog Post|Comments Off on For Ten Days, I’m Breaking Out Of My Echoing Chamber (Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, Radical Partners)

The Butterfly Dinner (Katie Steedly Curling)

I am new to talking about Turner syndrome. I have been writing about it for a few years now, but talking about it is a different thing. Seeking to build relationships with strangers connected to Turner syndrome, and risk opening the flood gates of my feelings with real people, face-to-face, story-by-story is something I had [...]

May 24th, 2017|Blog Post|Comments Off on The Butterfly Dinner (Katie Steedly Curling)

Leaning In to the Discomfort of Newness (Sarah Emmons, Radical Partners)

At 22, I moved from the Northeast to Tulsa, Oklahoma to begin my career as a high school math teacher. At first, I wasn’t sure that my students and I had a lot in common. I was new to Tulsa, had never experienced anything close to poverty and didn’t speak a word of Spanish. At [...]

May 22nd, 2017|Blog Post|Comments Off on Leaning In to the Discomfort of Newness (Sarah Emmons, Radical Partners)

Start with Getting Vulnerable (Gaby Guzman, The Jupiter Circle)

The moment I heard about “Connect Miami” I fell in love with the idea. Community and inclusion are two of the values that are closest to who I am. I strive to have an impact where people from different backgrounds, experiences and colors feel more connected and a greater sense of belonging. With “Connect Miami” [...]

May 12th, 2017|Blog Post|Comments Off on Start with Getting Vulnerable (Gaby Guzman, The Jupiter Circle)

A Kindness Movement (Claudia Grillo, United Way of Miami-Dade)

Perfecting kindness, an admirable goal for each of us. I'm working on it. When I think about it, there are examples of kindness all around me. My favorite kindness is the surprising variety. It usually arrives in the form of a look, a few words, time given, the simplest of actions. Some mornings I take [...]

May 9th, 2017|Blog Post|Comments Off on A Kindness Movement (Claudia Grillo, United Way of Miami-Dade)

The Joy of Connecting (Better Late Than Never) (Naomi Ross, Celebrate Diversity Miami)

I often attribute my passion for creating connections between and with people to a childhood that lacked them. As the only child of a caring, but protective single mom, my mother ultimately decided upon the friends and family I was allowed to develop bonds with, which meant I didn’t fully develop a natural ability to [...]

May 2nd, 2017|Blog Post|Comments Off on The Joy of Connecting (Better Late Than Never) (Naomi Ross, Celebrate Diversity Miami)

You can’t hate someone whose story you know (Roberta Shevin, MCCJ)

To say I am excited about THE 10 DAYS OF CONNECTION is a major understatement. At MCCJ, our motto is, “You can’t hate someone whose story you know.” Personally, I have a long-held belief that gathering people who are different together over a meal to share their stories can be magical. Through my work at [...]

April 25th, 2017|Blog Post|Comments Off on You can’t hate someone whose story you know (Roberta Shevin, MCCJ)

A Miami Boy’s Case for Connecting the City (Matthew Beatty, The Miami Foundation)

Nothing reveals more about you than your story – the sum total of past experiences that shape who you are and what you care about. My story is one defined by a love for Miami. I was born and raised in the Upper Eastside (yes, we natives DO exist), and can still remember the shock [...]

April 19th, 2017|Blog Post|Comments Off on A Miami Boy’s Case for Connecting the City (Matthew Beatty, The Miami Foundation)