On a personal level I have dealt with micro aggression and racism, and you start to get very bitter and very cynical and there’s a point where you get tired of trying to fight the message of hate with peace and love. ButDIYC showed me that if you want to create change you can’t hold on to that anger and resentment. You have to forgive in order to move on and to make a difference and spread the message of diversity and inclusion. That was one of the biggest things I’ve learned while I was here. 

DIYC has made me feel like there’s a community here. If all of us work together we can make a difference in the world. It’s going to take time and its going to be really hard but its happened before and it can happen again and we just need to keep moving forwards. So I do feel a lot more hopeful with all the support and respect I saw during this camp

Shanice van Zwienen, DIYC 2016