The purpose of CommonVisions is to create photographs to stimulate fresh communication
and in-depth dialogue
exploring our racial and ethnic backgrounds and the unity in our diversity.

The goals of CommonVisions are:
• take photographs that express our individual points of view
• investigate the truth about one another first hand
• explore our common humanity and our unique diversity
• learn about the disease of prejudice and racism
• learn about the truth of the oneness of humankind and the active principle of unity in diversity
• practice honest and caring communication skills
• practice journal writing and sharing dialogue
• build friendships
• design the programs of dialogue for our photography exhibits

Dialogues are held twice monthly and focus on the photographs we create. Periodically the facilitators will introduce information about the mechanisms that perpetuate prejudice and racism as well as introduce the historic context of race in America. A selection of photographs chosen by the group are exhibited periodically. Families, friends and the public are invited to the opening to widen the circle of participants in the project. The opening/dialogue is designed and conducted by the participants and centers on what the photographs tell us about the unity in our diversity.

CommonVisions participants are given single use (recycleable) 35mm cameras equipped with a high quality plastic lens, 800 ISO color negative film and a flash to photograph assignments given by the facilitators. The group shares the processed prints with each other and uses the opportunity to dialogue on issues of race and ethnicity. The group also participates in studio photography sessions in the Randolph Community College Department of Photographic Technology. These sessions involve the use of digital and Polaroid image capture.

Other activities of the CommonVisions project:
• creating a traveling exhibit for malls, schools, libraries, etc.
• developing and maintaining a web site to show the pictures and tell the stories
• starting a grassroots organization to discuss race and ethnicity in the community
• continuing an ongoing photography based dialogue group focussing on unity in diversity
• forming diverse teams to volunteer as speakers for local organizations

2000-2003
Participant/Photographers describe their backgrounds
Sue McCullah: French/Native American/German
Prisila Silva: I come from Nicaragua. I like to dance and draw.
Heather Bulllins: I’m a white female American with German and Irish descent
Steve Haines: Canadian
Angiebel Gomez: Hispanic, Panama from Los Santos
Kelli Gordon: Caucasian, pinkish, my great grandmother was Scottish
Stacey Haines: Scottish, Dutch from Nova Scotia
Rebeca Avila: I come from Mexico, born in Michoacan,
Hispanic people like to get along with everyone. We like all kinds of music, food, etc.
Jose Sondoval*: Hispanic, Michoacan

Yareni Murillo: I’m happy but shy. Always try to have fun. From Mexico
Ben Kern*: White male American with German roots
Daolevang (Mike) Phongsa: From Laos, the southern part not the mountains
Pallas Adamopoulos: Greek/Irish American
Muhammad Elahi*: Pakistani
Maria Alcantara: Hispanic/Mexican D.F.
Rosie Alaniz: Hispanic, Mexican American from California and Zacatecas.
Walter Scheu, Sr*.: Caucasian
Stephanie Jackson*: Father: Black, Irish Moor and Cherokee American,
Mother: White, Souix American of Iroqoi Nation, Me: All mixed up!
from both my mother’s and father’s sides of family
Veronica Reyes, Mexican-American. Born in the USA. Grew up in Chicago,
moved to Mexico for seven years. Moved here to Asheboro two years ago.
Walter Cain, I would identify myself as a Black-American
Lou Ellen Plummer, WASP
Dan Diggins, White, Canadian, Dutch/Irish descent
Jason Frizzelle, White
Mananouna Vang, Hmong, Laotian
Pankee Vang, Hmong, Laotian
Rachel Potenziani*, Italian, Irish, Scottish, Dutch
Flora Cain, Black, Afro American
Debra Noble, Native American
Melissa Cline, Italian, Catholic
Beth Peoples, African American
Natalie Staley, Black Indian, Etc
Diana Arroyo, Mexican American, Born in California, both parents from Mexico, raised in Mexico.
Jim Pickeral, White, Heinz 57
Laurie Pickeral, White, Irish/Italian
Nuria Canelles, I’m from Spain, all my family comes from the same region in Spain (Caleonia)
Roxanne Taylor, Born in California, parents from Texas, grandparents
from Poland and Southern Texas with a bit of
Mexican, German, and Spainard bloodlines, American Indian and French.
Juan Rios, My fathers parents were mixed Indians and Blacks.
My mothers parents
were a mixture of Chinese and Eurpeans. From Panama.
Jennifer Yuson, Filipino
Vernon Eaglewolf Logan, Mix
Gwen Shaw, White, Black and Cherokee Indian
Gloria McClanahan, Swedish/German
Harvey Boone, African American
Trenna Brooks, African American
Courtney Johnson, African American
Betty Peoples, African American
Gloria Whack, African American
Erica Staley,African American
Chuck Egerton, White, Second generation American of Irish and Welsh roots.
Lucas Miller
Mona Abinader, Born in the middle east, Lebanon, Grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
John Ferree
Hurleen Maffett, White
Loretta Tweed, African American
Cally Womick, White, Baptist
Deb Andrews, Grew up in Indiana- German/Welsh/English
Sharon Elliot*, Caucasian/Northern Eurpean
Balinda D. Ferree*, White-Scotch-Irish-English
Lyn McGaha, Caucasion. I am first generation American born citizen of German decent.
Tovaa, Caucasian, Spanish, Diné (Navajo -- through adoption, not ancestry)
Makai Mariano Thompson (age 11), Hawaiian, Hispanic (well, Portuguese) White
Bridget Hodge, Caucasian –interested in tracing geneaology
Theresa Mariano Thompson (tj),My mother is Portuguese Hawaiian.
My father is middle-America Caucasian with English and German roots. His mother claimed to be related to Sir Frances Drake and Josiah Bartlett (signer of Declaration of Independence). Although both American, they attributed many of their relationship issues to ethnic and cultural differences.
Robert Holmes Burkhead, White
Issoufou Boubacar, From Niger, West Africa
Rocio Elorza Cruz (age 17), “Hispanic” *MEXICAN*
William E. Thompson, I was born in El Paso TX. I have lived in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Montana, Georgia, Colorado, Oklahoma and now North Carolina. Before I quit high school and started college, I had attended 13 different schools. Getting along with people has been a very important part of my life. I have found that the people who are well travelled tend to be more open to diversity, both culturally and racially.
Greta Anita Lint, White, Anglo Saxon – sprinkled with 3/4 German + Norwiegian – the remainder isNative American – some tribe in southern Illinois – pot and pan peddler was passing through town -------------
Alejandro Gonzalez-Elorza (age 14), Mexican Hispanic
Laura Baber, White, French Canadian + European mixture
Alisha Pickett, African American
Chris Hill, Italian, English, Irish, German
*Karen Welch, Caucasian – German/Irish/English/French
*Becky Wofford, White and Cherokee Indian
*Joseph Perriello, Italian, Indian, British
Anabel Gómez, Hispanic, Panama from Los Santos
Iztaccihuatl Bixidu Torres, Mexico
*Alvin Thompson, White/ Caucasion American born in North Carolina."\
Mohsin Rehman (age 18), Asian, Pakistani
*Jake Garmon, German, Brought up in middle-class suburbia, residing in Asheboro NC America,
Maylee Ward, White
*Sally S. Phillips, White, exposed to all ages and variety of ethnic groups, raised in the Church.
Madeeha Islam (age 17), Asian, Pakistani, Middle East
Audrey Sheldon, White American
*Daniel Johnston, White American
Jackie Allen, I grew up in a Southern rural white family, the 4th daughter of a very strong,
independent woman.
Debbie Heerschap, My mom always told me to just say I’m a “Heinz 57 varieties baby
.” A bit of Lithuanian, Polish, Indian, etc. etc. etc.
*Ian McSpadden, I was raised in a very rural community. All the way through school there were to other ethnicities besids white. I consider myself very lucky to be raised without any prejudice.
Kaleem Ullah (age 17), "Asian, from Karachi, Pakistan. Karachi is like your New York City over there."
Quyen Bao Du (10th Grade), Chinese Vietnamese

•participated in dialogue

CommonVisions is listed in the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ) National Directory: Faith Based Promising Practices for Racial Unity and Justice 2000

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