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At this year’s Gala, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on items that hold significance to our immigrant and refugee communities. See below the full list of auction items!

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Custom Family Illustration by award winning illustrator Nate Powell

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A Basket of Sunshine and Good Vibes

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Immigrant connections through languages!

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Iceland Trip Planning

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Exceptional Culinary Experience at Lat14

About the Graphic Novel

A bold and unconventional collection of first-person stories told and illustrated by immigrants and refugees living across the United States.

Stanford scientist, deaf student, indigenous activist, Black entrepreneur—all immigrants and refugees—recount journeys from their home countries in ten vibrantly illustrated stories. Faced by unfamiliar vistas, they are welcomed with possibilities, and confronted by challenges and prejudice. Timely, sobering, and insightful, Our Stories Carried Us Here acts as a mirror and a light to connect us all with immigrant and refugee experiences.

About the Graphic Novel Storytellers

The following storytellers are featured in the Graphic Novel: Alex Tsipenyuk, Amara Kamara, Aziz Kamal, Craig Moodie, Karelin, Mary Anne and Sergio Quiroz, Ruth Mekoulo, Vy Luong, Zaynab Abdi and Zurya Anjum.

Their stories began in different places all over the world: Kazahstan, Liberia, Myanmar, Jamaica, Guatemala, Mexico, Chad, Vietnam, Yemen and Pakistan.

Their journeys are continuing all over the U.S: Rochester, NY, Minneapolis, MN, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA, Fargo, ND, Madison, WI, and Sartell, MN.

About the Graphic Novel Illustrators

The illustrators we collaborated with on this project are: Cori LinCamilo AguirreSunshine GaoTom KaczynskiAna HinojosaToufic El RassiAshraf El-Attar, Hamid Ibrahim, Gérard Nyunai Ngan, Mike Centeno and Nate Powell.

9 out of the 10 illustrators who worked closely with and illustrated the story of one of the storytellers are 1st Generation or 2nd Generation immigrants or refugees. Their stories also began all over the world: Dominican Republic, Egypt, Columbia, Taiwan/Japan, Cameron, Uganda, Venezuela, America, China, Poland and Lebanon/Egypt.

They are currently based all around the US and the world: Naples, FL, Minneapolis, MN, Arlington, VA, Chicago, IL, Cameron, London and Indiana,