• Niko Skinner, UNT As a black man, I have faced my share of challenges, with the most prevalent being stereotyping. There are many stereotypes of a black man that I didn’t live out. For example, I prefer seafood over fried chicken. Other examples include the fact that I did pole vault instead of basketball in high school (pole ...
  • Stephanie Brye, UTD I’m Stephanie Brye. I am a student at UTD, and a Corefa in this ministry. And I am from Africa. You might be thinking, “So if you’re from Africa, then why are you white?” The truth is that I lied just now. I am a European American with parents who are culturally middle-class white American. ...
  • Gabby Alex, TWU Hey, my name is Gabby Alex. I go to TWU and this is my first year as corefa. I come from an Indian family that holds very closely to its origin. I specifically identify my race as a Malayalee. I was the first in my generation to be born in America, my parents came to America ...
  • Mateo Massey, UNT Hello, my name is Mateo Massey I am currently a sophomore at UNT. This would be my second year in FOCUS and my first year as a corefa. Although I may seem very talkative and energetic I wasn’t always like this. It took a couple of months to get use to my focus family, and ...
  • James Hampton, University of Miami Hi, I’m James. I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. For college I attended the University of Miami, where I graduated in 2014. I then moved to Dallas a few months later to begin working, and also to be closer to Trenae who transferred to UTD to finish her bachelor’s degree. Through her, ...
  • Hallie Tran, UT Arlington My name is Hallie Tran. I’m currently a corefa at UTA. I have been involved in UTA FOCUS since Fall 2015. I was born and grew up in Vietnam, with my parents and my older brother in a Buddhist house. I became a Christian at the age of 6. I grew up in a family that ...
  • Pedro Paz, UNT Hey guys! I’m beyond excited to share with you a concise flyover of my experience. I want to make sure y’all understand that what I’m going to be sharing are my personal stories that often times aren’t as straightforward as they’re made out to sound. There may be some parts that I share that are ...
  • Hanna Mason, UNT Hello Everyone. My name is Hanna Mason, I got involved with FOCUS at Collin College and then transferred over to UNT, and now I’m attending FOCUS at UTD. I would like to begin by asking all of you for grace. I’m sharing parts of myself that are extremely embarrassing, and I hope that you can ...
  • Sandra Salvador, UNT Hi friends, I’m Sandra and I was first involved at UNT FOCUS and now I’m one of the apprentices at UTD and Richland. I’m a first-generation American, so I’m going to be sharing my experience being Hispanic. Before sharing my personal experience, I have to share about my parents background. My parents both immigrated to the ...
  • Tabby Kamtala, UNT My name is Tabby. I got involved with FOCUS at Collin College as a freshman after being a part of the youth ministry at Northeast. I transferred to UNT with a group of Collin students in the first years of FOCUS there. After I graduated, I did the FOCUS internship at Richland College. I am ...
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