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Butterfly Story Collective Podcast

Stories shared by immigrants in the United States about their lived experiences 


Apr 25, 2018

Nisrin Elamin was one of the first people detained at JFK airport on Jan. 27, 2017, after President Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. Now a naturalized US citizen, educator and PhD student Nisrin shares her story, including her experience from that...

Jan 11, 2018

Actor Bambadjan Bamba, from the Marvel film Black Panther and NBC's The Good Place, shares his story of arriving from the Ivory Coast as a child, learning to "be American" by watching television, discovering that he was an undocumented immigrant, the positive impact on his life of having DACA, his love of hip hop, how...

Dec 19, 2017

DACA recipients and UC Davis students Deniss, Divine, Roy and Oswaldo chat with Andrea Gaytan, director of the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center about the complexity of the immigration system, the problematics of the term "Dreamer," what having DACA and what the end of DACA means for each of them, and what they...

Dec 12, 2017

Oswaldo is a poet, a student and a DACA recipient who worked in the corn fields to pay his way through community college, and who found his voice as as a scholar and as an activist through his art and through reflection on his own experience as a queer and undocumented young man in the United States.

Dec 5, 2017

Divine shares her journey of arriving from the Philippines at 11 years old, her struggles to further her studies, being the only undocumented person in her family, having a brother who voted for Trump, and the potential of sharing stories to change people’s minds.