We are reopening the submission for Holy Cross Stage for Change!

Stage for Change is a year-long initiative that works on racial justice through community building, counter-narrative storytelling, and theatre.

After our successful launch last year, we are looking to tackle racism that exists in our community, especially in the classroom setting. We hope to be a platform for marginalized voices to change our community to be most inclusive. 

Please remember that the most impactful stories help us understand what it was like to be in your shoes. Be as descriptive as possible and creative in communicating your story.  

Here are a few prompts to get you started:

Tell us about a time you felt silenced/unheard in the classroom.

Describe a time you experienced tokenism in the class.

Describe a time racism was excused in the classroom.

Describe a time where a student of color’s voice was erased.

Tell us about how racism exists in the HCC classrooms and what changes need to be made. 

Describe a time playing devil’s advocate allowed racism into the classroom and was not held accountable for their thought/opinion/idea. 

Describe a time when a professor whitewashed the experience of a student of color. 

What changes do you want to see in the classroom? 

What is it like to be a minority on campus? Tell us about a time when you were the "other," because of your religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

What do you wish you could share with your Holy Cross community? Tell us what you are carrying (inside).

Do you feel safe/comfortable being/coming out on HCC? Tell us more.

How does the undocumented status affect you or your family? Tell us your story.

Who are you? Describe how your Asian Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, Muslim, Native identity affect your HCC experience. What do you carry? Are you okay? Are there experiences you can't share with anyone?

We talk about HCC being "Family." Describe a time when HC didn't feel like home for you.  

All people of color members of the Holy Cross community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) are encouraged to submit. We hope that your story will help spark an honest dialogue and change on campus about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

**In order submit your story please create an account below. No record of your name will be kept by Stage for Change. All stories will remain anonymous.**

Share Your Story With Us!

If you were moved by the stories that were shared at our production of Shattered or Hear Me Out please consider sharing your story with us for the upcoming year. 

Below are some prompts from 2018 that can help you to start writing your story. 

What does society reflect onto you? What do you reflect onto society? Tell us a story about your relationship to the society's stereotypes and/or expectations. 

Describe to us how your race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, religion, ability, etc. affect the way you are and/or the way society engages you. 

Do you want to break society's stigmas against you? Such as mental illness, physical appearance (hair, tattoos, weight, piercings). How are you doing it? 

Tell about a time when your identities conflicted (Civilian/military, bi/multiracial, dependence/adulthood, independence/disability).

Describe a time when you acted in a way that you were ashamed of.

Describe a time of self-doubt.

Talk about a time that challenged your identity.

The people closest to us sometimes hurt us; describe a time when someone closest to you hurt you.

Describe a time when your vision for your future was opposed by those close to you.

In what ways do you feel pressured to conform? Why? Whether it be from family, society, partner, work.

Tell us about a time when you were not enough to belong to your people? (Mexican-American, African-American, Asian-American).

Do you ever feel guilty for pursuing higher education/moving up? Why or why not?


Remember, your story matters.

All member of the IUSB community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) are encouraged to submit. We hope that your story will help spark an honest dialogue on campus about diversity and inclusion. Your story does not have to relate directly to these questions, however, they do serve as a guide for writers. Help us to build a Stage for Change.

In order submit your story please create an account below. No record of your name will be kept by Stage for Change. All stories will remain anonymous.**

**By donating your anonymous work, you are giving us permission to edit it, if necessary, for length, anonymity, and clarity, as well as to reproduce it for the purpose of fund-raising, marketing, curriculum development, etc. Reproductions may be, but are not limited to, the stage, DVD, website, or print publication. In all such reproductions, the work will be noted as anonymously authored. By donating your work, you represent and warrant that you are the sole author of this work and own the rights thereto. Such donation does not prohibit you from re-publishing your work under your own name elsewhere at a later date, but be aware that a publisher may consider that publication a re-print.

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