Culturs contributors are a diverse lot with backgrounds worldwide. Take a gander.
Culturs Technology Columnist Andrea Bazoin (say “Bah-Zwah”) is a CCK higher education professional turned entrepreneur, business consultant, wellness advocate, and writer. Her family ties stretch across the United States and beyond, including Chile, Argentina, Australia, and France. Andrea currently lives in Fort Collins, CO with her French husband and their culturally-fluid son. Learn more at www.andreabazoin.com.
Alicia Bonilla is a Colorado native with a diverse ethnic background on both sides of her family. Bonilla has been involved in multiple organizations including Confluence Ministries and Young Life, serving as a mentor specifically geared toward minoritized populations and inner-city kids on a weekly basis. Bonilla has been fascinated with learning about other cultures since her experience with mission trips to developing countries and her study abroad experience in Europe.
Her writing began as a personal passion, later igniting the desire to share with others around topics in which people from all corners of the world may find interest. Bonilla enjoys recording her global experiences through personal journals and social media platforms.
Angelica Brown is a 21 year old multiracial woman born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Colorado. She majored in interdisciplinary liberal arts with a minor in business in order to pursue a career in fashion journalism and design. With an African American father and a white mother, she has cultivated an air of experience from both cultures individually and as a collective. In addition, her time at Colorado State University surrounded her with multiple cultures and courses involved in cultural, media, and sociological studies. Culturs provides an opportunity to expand and display knowledge of a multitude of differing cultures. Demonstrating an open minded and equal outlook on what all makes these cultures unique and significant in society. Having this publication and exposure has allowed for Angelica to take differing cultures and analyze their fashion and ways of dress to bring insight to how these cultures can learn to respect each other and adapt these ways of dress respectively. Along with seeing what each culture represents and showcases within fashion. The variation from all these areas of diversity, ultimately dictates society and what is deemed acceptable. Opening up the insight and acceptance for all cultures in terms of fashion and dress.
Descendant of the Fulani tribe, Gettysburg-obsessed Marine Corps brat, and lover of all things magazine-related, Andréa Butler is an entrepreneurial writer, editor, publisher, and public speaker. By the age of 18, she’d moved six times, living in three different states and Japan, where she learned the language and fell in love with the culture. She loves experiencing new people and places and giving voice to stories overlooked elsewhere.
Anna Houden holds a degree in Journalism and Communications. She loves being outdoors, sports and staying active, is an avid runner and loves to practice yoga.
Aissata Watt is the daughter of two Senegalese immigrants, she is the first member of her extended family to be born in the United States. Watt has visited many different countries and has always been immersed in different cultures because of her upbringing and family ties.
Watt is passionate about the stories that are told when they are viewed through the lens of race, ethnicity, and culture. She was originally interested in CULTURS magazine because of how it provided a platform and voice for those who are often forgotten and ignored which is something she has always wanted to do.
Watt hopes to produce content that inspires and educates readers to view the world from a different lens and be open to new ideas, surroundings, and people.
Alli Marti is a college graduate who is curious to understand the world through the different cultural lenses that make up each place.
Aidan Loughran has a strong passion for the world and the people that surround her each and every day. When writing for Culturs, she wants her readers to relate to everything she writes. She fills her writing with a passion for the world, cultures, and life in general. Third-culture kids along with all other individuals of unique ethnicity, race, culture, and tradition all have a story to tell — a story that she wants to be a part of.
Angelia D. McGowan is a writer and car enthusiast who at age 10 experienced her first culture shock after moving from her native Texas, where she had never seen snow, to Colorado. Her eyes opened again when she visited a college friend’s Puerto Rican family in Brooklyn, and eventually traveled to Haiti on a mission trip. Most recently, McGowan’s work took her to South Africa. Through her consulting service, Canady’s Corner, this communications professional serves as a ghost writer and memoir editor.
Aurora Norton is a 19-year-old Colorado State University undergrad looking to understand more about the world through different cultural lenses. When writing for Culturs, she strives to be educated, informed, and thoughtful. Aspects of Third-Culture Kids and other groups of unique cultures are important to her to maintain an open mind and expand on her passion for traveling and photography. She strives to one day use the background information she has, as well as her newfound perspective to be successful in future careers; and most importantly to be the best most authentic version of herself possible.
Allison Perkins has been interested in travel and people from all over the world ever since she found a passion for learning and understanding those different from herself. She hopes to expand my learning and passion for travel by writing and working with people to collaborate and tell others peoples stories.
Alexa Phillips is a fashion journalist who writes about fashion and how it reflects the world around us, on both a cultural and historic level. She works for College Avenue Magazine and is features editor for The Fashion Report. Check out her blog, The World According to Fashion.
Andy Roberson is a digital content creator and multimedia innovator who moved from his native Texas to Colorado early in his developmental years. Andy’s goal is to write and create engaging content that helps demonstrate his cultural fluidity. He loves experiencing new moments in sports and presenting them through his own lens of creativity.
Allie Ruckman is a writer, content-creator, artist, marketer and a creative in every sense of the word. She is from Boulder, Colorado, and draws inspiration for her work from the casual, outdoor environment that is unique to the western United States. She is passionate about liberal politics, environmental, social and racial justice, and loves to write in the pursuit of a better, more equal world. While she is less experienced in global travel or multiculturalism, Ruckman seeks to value, respect and represent all peoples, places and cultures.
Alexa Vujaklija is a 25-year-old Third Culture Kid and freelance writer. She was born in America to American parents, but her father was in the military and eventually became a diplomat so they moved often. She lived in Germany, The Republic of Georgia, Russia and Bulgaria. She also spent every summer of childhood in France. At 18 she moved to Rome, Italy to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. There she met her Serbian husband and they now live in Belgrade, Serbia. Vujaklija is passionate about writing and sharing with the world what it means to have grown up around the globe and what it means to be a TCK.
Antoinette Lee Toscano, MBA — an American Adult Cross-Cultural Kid (ACCK) and Third Culture Adult (TCA) with family ancestry in Nigeria, Ireland, Spain, China, the Indigenous Arawak of Jamaica, and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
Toscano is an outdoor industry influencer, model, consultant, writer, philanthropist, and motivational health and wellness speaker, delivering the “New Normal Big Life” talk and blog. One of her passions is talking about how outdoor recreation is at the intersection of health, wellness, conservation, and adventure.
Having grown up in a Peruvian household, Valera is no stranger to the importance of cultural fluidity. Her university education taught her how vital it was to understand privileged groups, marginalized identities, and how to combat the inequalities within society. Culturs is a perfect blend of education and celebration of cultures through the engagement of a global audience. Education leads to change, and Valera’s degree in Journalism and Ethnic Studies, has provided the awareness and passion to create immersive articles. The diverse content in Culturs gives the publication a strong opportunity to reach multiple readers from different backgrounds all around the world. Nothing is black and white, the gray in life is what makes everyone unique. Culturs focuses on this gray aspect, which will hopefully lead to a more interconnected global community.
Abigail Weaver is a Colorado native with a strong passion to hold the microphone for those that need it. Weaver enjoys exploring her own ethnic background and wishes to help others do the same. She has a passion for discussions on mental health, gender inequalities, celebrating the arts, and is committed to investigation that holds those in power responsible for their words and actions.
Writing for Culturs allows her to continue with that focus by finding the topics the masses may not notice and shining a spotlight on the people involved, whether as a celebration or a call to action. Weaver believes there’s a uniqueness and authenticity to every person that deserves to be honored.
Baylee Holsombach is an aspiring journalist who grew up in Texas. She strives to understand and diversify her writing through her multiculturalism classes and organizations. Holsombach is passionate about the cultivation of cultural fluidity in her workplace and personal life. Culturs serves as a creative outlet to grow in her knowledge of diversity and to spread awareness.
Hello multicultural friends, it’s Briyana here! It is her pleasure to be apart of such an excepting community such as Culturs. Culturs is a space that brings light to those who are not accurately represented in the media or maybe not even represented at all, which is what makes it so powerful and a blessing to be a part of. Briyana’s content here will compliment just that, representation of those who want to be seen or topics that need to be discussed that are commonly dismissed. There are so many different cultures and types of people who are shoved into categories by society due to the way they look or the way they act without the opportunity to just be authentically themselves and that is something Briyana is passionate about dismantling. So, strap yourself up and get ready for this rollercoaster of normalizing diversity.
Brook Farley majored in Journalism and Ethnic Studies white at University. She enjoys studying and emerging herself in different cultures. Her content is relevant to readers because she acknowledges the differences between cultures but also the connections they share.
Brooke Haskins, Journalism and Media Communications university undergrad, is an adventurous aspiring global traveler, who loves to be on the move, having traveled to many places across the Americas. She has a passion for writing, documenting her travels, and loves that it gives her the ability to connect with people.
Bree Hottinger is a multi-racial national nomad. She grew up around the San Francisco bay area and spent much of her childhood traveling between Colorado and California. She loves crafting and making do-it-yourself projects.
Brooke Isaacs is a self-proclaimed pop culture nerd that can talk books, movies, TV shows, and music for hours on end. Whether she’s watching science-fiction shows and movie musicals or reading books about sociological theory, Isaacs is a binge-watching extraordinaire and an avid consumer of content.
With a background in journalism and sociology, Isaacs hopes to use the power of storytelling to empower others to share their experiences and find community online. She strives to always write through a social justice-oriented lens in her work and acknowledges the privilege that allows her to do so. Isaacs hopes to use the little platform that she has to make space for others whose voices are not often heard in mainstream media.
Ben Jorgenson, CULTURS is intriguing to him because the contents deals with culture in each of its forms, and how culture can unify people for a better cause. A subject with which Jorgenson became consciously passionate about during his college career. Jorgensen’s content is relevant to readers because it pertains to cultural fluidity, which reflects his free-thinking upbringing in the mountains, where he experienced significant cultural diversity throughout his schooling. He covers his passions including equal rights and civil justice, as well as multiculturalism and how it benefits a whole society rather than portions. Jorgenson also has-developed a passion for travel and experiencing varying cultures first hand.
Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Bet Llavador was an international student during her University years. Her career interests are in writing, public relations and journalism.
Isa Castaneda is an Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Major at University. Reading CULTURS magazine, she found herself at home. Now a Third Culture Adult, Isa is passionate about bringing many cultures together through social media platforms. With her roots in Mexico, she is currently located in South Korea with hopes of helping other 1st Generation students achieve their goals of studying abroad.
Courtney Deuschle was born and raised in Colorado. Although her biggest move was just across town, she has left her footprint in many countries all over the world. As she grew up and found her identity, she developed a passion for two things: writing and traveling. As a world traveler, Deuschle has an open mind and she loves to learn and experience different cultures that are completely different from her own. On the outside, people see a blonde haired, blue eyed, North American girl, but they don’t know about the experiences she cherishes the most that have shaped her into the person she is today. Deuchele plans to continue traveling for the rest of her life, and even sees herself living in other countries someday.
Gonzales has a great passion for writing, music and content development. In a world bombarded by negative information, she wishes to produce positive pieces that add uplifting experiences to her audience. Overall, she believes in the importance of community, sustainability, connection and kindness and tries to integrate her values into her work as much as possible.
Cecelia Harrison is an intercultural woman raised in northern Wisconsin by two military B.R.A.T.s/navy veterans. Her cross-cultural upbringing is what initially developed her interest in publications like Culturs, which embodies the idea of expanding its reader’s worldview. Harrison is an aspiring cultural anthropologist who has a passion to spread the concept of cultural relativism; broadcasting traits of openness, curiosity and understanding when learning or experiencing differing cultures. She intends to share her research and knowledge about cultural elements like religion, beliefs, customs, practices, social norms and ethics, and how they interpret/relate globally to each other.
Connor Hayden studied Journalism and Media Communication. Sports are his ultimate passion and he hopes one day he can find a profession in the field.
Chelley Canales, Domestic TCK, is an entrepreneur based in Denver, Colorado. She is the Founder and Spiritual Spark Plug of lighthouse/haven, a hub created to provide wellness resources for the soul’s human experience. She is a speaker, podcast/on-camera host, blogger, coach, author and performing artist with a firecracker spirit in a form that can hardly contain it. www.chelleycanales.com
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Kay is a blogger and YouTuber who started her own channel, TCKay Rambles, in April 2016, she is stumbling through the technological age with the rest of us. She is an ATCK who has previously lived in Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, Malaysia, and Egypt. Kay writes about all things related to being a TCK from culture shock to hidden identities and global citizenship, she also features other TCKs and ATCKs to share their experiences too!
Claudia Körbler is an international development specialist. She hosts a YouTube Channel and Facebook Page called “Global Storytelling for Global Development.” Its goal is to use storytelling as a tool to create and foster social impact globally. The TEDx speaker and Forbes expert contributor talks about measures to eradicate extreme poverty and how to drive social impact forward. She is an Austrian-born global citizen who speaks five languages including German, English and Spanish.
Cassie Maack has worked as an Arts & Entertainment reporter.
Colin McCabe enjoys music, sports, and going to concerts. He skis in his spare time.
As a correspondent in CULTURS London office, Crystal McDonald-Lewis is Culturs’ Trinidad born London-dweller who hails from a multicultural family. McDonald-Lewis migrated to London in 2004 after marrying a British citizen, and after 10yrs of marriage, she currently is divorced and on a journey of self RE-discovery! Follow McDonald-Lewis as she checks out all London has to offer with new eyes, and a fresh spirit…
Courtney Noonan is a military brat, who studied Journalism & Media Studies, and Communication at University. She enjoys writing about beauty, image, and the effect of new media on Generation Y.
Hi, Christian here. Over the course of my life, I’ve progressively come to understand that cultural is not necessarily set, but rather, culture is pliable and can be virtually accessible for everyone to experience. With my cross-cultural upbringing, I believe that hidden diversity has altered my view on the world. With this hidden diversity, I’ve been able to grow and mature tremendously. While utilizing my empowering interpersonal skills along with my keen understanding of emotional perception and positivity. I look forward to a future with not only success but happiness in every endeavor I choose to follow.
Christina Jacobson is a young adult who has lived in the United States her entire life and grew up in Orange County, California for the first eighteen years of her life. She has studied Communications and Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University. Jacobson is interested in learning about how experiencing a combination of cultures can affect someone’s life. Her content is relevant to readers because it showcases the understanding of someone who has seen a lot of different cultures but has never actually gone through the struggles that a Third-Culture Kid has. Jacobson is passionate about inclusivity because she cares about other people feeling included despite their differences. In addition, she sees the value in diversity and having a group of people who may not all be alike but still hold strong relationships with one another. Jacobson acknowledges the importance and beauty of people with different life experiences coming together and flourishing due to their unique backgrounds.
In CULTURS magazine, journalism teams up with two concepts it is separated from all too often- accessibility and inclusivity. The everlasting need to bring these notions together fuels Claire Roalson’s ambition to create media for diverse audiences, coming from all walks of life. Born and raised in Colorado, her formative years were spent hiking, skiing and wallowing in Colorado’s ‘300 days of sunshine’. It was inevitable that a deep-seated enthusiasm for the natural world would be born. To Roalson, learning to lead a sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle should be information inclusive to all, but it is not being produced explicitly. Learning about the natural environment can be achieved with ease when the information is created in light of the unique perspectives that will be indulging in it. Roalson believes that uniting different perspectives is the best means for growth, and is eager to learn, share, and be a part of the stories of those who have not had the chance to share them.
Caroline Sawtelle is a woman native to Colorado with a passion for breaking down harmful beauty standards that exist through the understanding of concepts of beauty across a multitude of cultures. Sawtelle strives to break down these norms while spreading body positivity through content creation and promotion of nuanced ideas surrounding beauty. The deep understanding of a myriad of cultures within CULTURS magazine makes it an ideal environment and platform for the concepts presented in Sawtelle’s writing. Sawtelle believes that the standards of beauty are ever changing and vary from one culture to another but they are consistently being exclusive to one look, which is what needs to change in order to create a more representative ideal of beauty.
Casey Stine grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania and recently moved to Colorado last year. He has a degree in psychology and working towards a natural resource degree. He is looking to expand his view on different cultures so including everyone becomes the norm for everyone. He is passionate about this content because having everyone included and feeling welcome is a must in the world.
Christina Thibault studied Journalism and Public Relations She has a strong passion academics and for the beauty industry. She also enjoys traveling and has been to several countries around the world such as Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and more.
Christina Vessa is a journalism student at Colorado State University. She is also a reporter and photographer for the news desk at the Rocky Mountain Collegian.
CULTURS travel specialist, Carri Wilbanks is a freelance TV host, producer and writer for USA Today, Gannett Newspapers, AOL Travel, Trip Television, Boston.com, Huffington Post, Xfinity Comcast and AAA Encompass. Check out her online multimedia magazine at www.catchcarri.com
Dustin Anderson is a journalism and writing enthusiast. He has taken many classes that cover all kinds of different cultural, racial, social, and many more issues. As a Colorado native, coming from a smaller town he is constantly looking to grow his knowledge and understand the world and society better day by day. With many different hobbies that range from sports to music/media, there are many different areas Dustin is able to connect with. As a writer on CULTURS he is able to share his thought to a wide audience. Allowing him to not only express his own opinions to strangers, but connect and listen to other writers thoughts and stories as well.
Daniel Hobbs is a blogger, photographer and travel enthusiast who writes about authentic travel, cultural immersion, and tips to making travelling more fun. He is from Wellington, New Zealand and draws inspiration for his work through exploring the outdoors and the world. He is passionate about landscape photography, digital marketing, and aspires to improve his storytelling and writing through real world experiences. Despite having traveled a lot he is still learning with every trip and gaining new knowledge across vastly different cultures. He is using this growth to improve his writing accuracy and ensure he writes about people from around the world in a respectful manner.
N. Deller’s experience spans over 20 years in marketing and advertising. She began at J. Walter Thompson working on the Kraft Foods Equity business. From there she went on to work on more integrated brand equity campaigns for Philip Morris, Bayer. P&G, HP and ABSOLUT. Multicultural marketing efforts have been a heavy focus for Deller as marketers have struggled with the demographic shifts occurring in our society with non-white minorities and how to best engage them into action. Deller’s aim is to crystallize the nuance of personalized messaging for minoritized groups so that marketers can capture the power of why people stop to pay attention, act on a whim and inspire others to follow their lead when they are spoken to in a manner that acknowledges their value, buying power and influence.
ABOUT Negra Como Soy, a segment of the “Destinations with Doni” Podcast
There’s the story of who we are as individuals, what we know and walk with, and the story other people create in their minds about who you are. We’re here to set the story straight… Negra, como soy: I’m Afro-Latina is a show that explores the intricacies and flavors of the AfroLatin experience throughout the Spanish colonized world.
We understand that the direct translation is “black like me,” in the feminine. Again, often life is about interpretation, and we’re here to help expand those interpretations, in this corner of life at least Join Doni Aldine and Rhonda Coleman as they celebrate foods, dance, clothing, language, and customs of their own cultures and others from the diaspora.
Doni Aldine, MBA, is a globally mobile Afro-Latina and first-generation American (U.S., Trinidadian and Costa Rican Adult Third Culture Kid) who, by age 19, lived in & identified with seven cultures on five continents. As Editor-in-Chief for Culturs Global Multicultural Magazine, Aldine is passionate about creating community for cross-cultural populations. She has extensive global experience in communications, media and marketing for organizations both large and emerging. She has presented around the globe as a keynote, at conferences, at major universities & in major media outlets as an expert focused on communications, entrepreneurship, marketing, branding & cross-cultural identity. Aldine also developed university curricula for global culture identity and is on faculty in Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University.
Dr. Rhonda Coleman, DAOM is a cross-cultural Third Cultural Adult. She grew up in New Orleans, LA bu t and identifies as Afro-Honduran. Dr. Rhonda is a doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Registered Trainer of the NADA Acudetox Protocol, columnist for CULTURS Global Multicultural Magazine, public speaker, and active organizer promoting health equity. She currently teaches Nutritional Health and Acudetox at Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine; and runs a private practice, Blacupuncturist, in Tucson, AZ.
Doris Fullgrabe is a German-born multi-national expat. She’s a serial solo-preneur running a freelance lettering and design studio, teaching calligraphy on Skillshare and in local workshops. She hopes to educate, inspire, and bring together lettering and calligraphy enthusiasts with her blog, www.justpickupapen.com. She has over 10 years experience in leadership development, culture, and personality type coaching for expats and international teams, and currently lives in Brooklyn with her Spanish husband.
Doni Aldine is recognized by FOLIO as a TOP Women in Media Honoree. A globally mobile Afro-Latina and first-generation North American who, by age 19, lived in & identified with seven cultures on five continents, she Is passionate about creating community for cross-cultural populations. Culturs reaches more than 100K daily in email, mobile, digital and print editions that featured internationally in major grocers, major booksellers and university and independent bookstores.
Aldine developed university curricula for global culture identity and founded Culturs global multicultural lifestyle network — a team of seasoned professionals in 17 countries, using media, products and experiences to activate 21st Century Cultural diversity — because everyone should feel like they matter.
She presents around the globe as a Keynote, at conferences, universities & in media as a lifestyle expert focused on media, marketing and multiculturalism, specifically cross-cultural identity and hidden diversity.
CULTURS is a global, multi-cultural philanthropic lifestyle network that activates 21st Century cultural diversity through media, products and experiences for “in-between” populations. CULTURS includes topics of interest to these culturally fluid populations, including multiethnic, multicultural, mixed-race and geographically mobile people (like immigrants, refugees and Third Culture Kids) highlighting items of importance to or topics of interest to their backgrounds.
Dylan Orth is a freelance writer and travel enthusiast. Raised in Kansas, U.S.A. he found a passion for travel after visiting Europe and Peru. He enjoys following politics, music and travel.
Having been fortunate enough to travel a lot at a young age, culture influenced my outlook on life. Wanting to experience all different types and all aspects while documenting it through video production would be the ultimate job. Soccer was a big part of my life and with it I met a lot of different people and saw that no matter where you come from, one similar interest can make all the differences disappear.
Born and raised in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I studied architecture in Merida at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. I created my own startup BioFractal with some friends. I studied my MBA at Colorado State University and worked at the marketing department of the Lory Student Center. I have a passion for design and I am a self-thought artist. My dream is to become a professional illustrator. Besides drawing, I love traveling and my next destination I want it to be Japan.
Evan Grant believes it is important for people from all over the world with all different stories to have a medium where their stories can be shared. His content is relevant to readers because he has experience seeing the world and the different people and cultures all over the world and he has a good voice to share different stories. Grant is passionate about sports, and travel, and religion. These are main parts to many different cultures and Grant’s knowledge on them produces pieces about many different places and people and cultures.
Ellie Green is the only child of a Chinese immigrant (mother) and a parent of English and Russian descent (father). As a result, she has been immersed in several cultures and languages throughout her upbringing.
Green moved to Colorado to pursue business administration and journalism at Colorado State University. It’s a fresh start from where she grew up in Kansas City, which reminds her so much of her parents. About a year and a half ago, Green’s mother disappeared and her whereabouts are part of an ongoing investigation. Her dad has not only been absent in the search, but went so far as to tell Green her mother died. Her journey to find the truth and fight for her mom without her dad has inspired many, as depicted by Dr. Phil and Dateline NBC productions.
Green’s unfortunate circumstances and journey through grief to better mental health has far from discouraged her. She is passionate about helping others share their voice when they otherwise might not be heard, whether due to unfortunate circumstances, race, or ethnicity. Green was interested in Culturs because of the opportunity to share stories from many different backgrounds and experiences. She hopes to continue to inspire and talk about issues that may be unconventional – from race to mental health.
Ellison Hubbard is a passionate learner that wants to understand people of multiple cultures and backgrounds. Ellison Hubbard will show strong passion and effort in his content to ensure the reader knows that the content is from the heart and not just from nowhere. Ellison Hubbard’s content is very relevant to the readers because it informs people on cross-cultural kids from a sports perspective.
Multicultural enthusiast and international foodie, Epiphinae McClennon is a graduate of Bennett College who is constantly looking to indulge in the world’s finest cuisines and cupcakes. She is ready to take on the globe with her distinctive tongue and open mind. McClennon hopes to travel the world with a notebook and fork in her hand so that she can adequately and efficiently share her discoveries with the CULTURS masses.
Eric O’Neill is formally trained in Journalism and Technical Communication with a focus on PR. He loves sports and it is his major focus.
Erin Mowry majored in Journalism and Media Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations while at University. Mowryloves to travel and experience food from around the world.
Emily Rogers spent six months abroad traveling around Europe and living in Prague. A formally trained journalist, she loves to cook and looks forward to pursuing culinary school in the future.
Emily is a TCK and a military brat who has spent about as much time living in the states as outside of it while growing up. She enjoys experiencing other cultures and always has an itch to travel. She has a love of art, running, and great music and books.
Raised in California and Colorado, U.S.A. Wageck believes Each state has it’s own culture. In traveling the world, she is able to learn what she can share with society and other people. After traveling and truly experiencing the world, she plans one day to return “home.”
Faith Riddell-Harding is a type one diabetic, female who loves all things unique to everyday life. Ever since Riddell-Harding was young she was questioning everything about life, she often wondered about the differences people have and what makes the world the way it is. Riddell-Harding is also an advocate for diabetes as she was diagnosed with diabetes at 13, she’s spoken on behalf of legislation to help those in the diabetic community live a better life. Some would say she is headstrong about her beliefs but Riddell-Harding keeps an open mind about learning new things. She has also experienced different types of abuse in her life, which is why she is always changing and evolving the way she lives and thinks. Riddell-Harding often writes about her take on her life experience. She writes and speaks about her experience with childhood trauma, advocacy for the diabetic community but also for her love of food, art and knowledge. Culturs magazine has given Riddell-Harding an outlet to speak on all things in life, it gives her the opportunity to share her take on life experiences, current life events, art and her love of food. She hopes to show others different aspects to life that makes life so lively including herself.
Gisele is interested in Global Cultural Identity because she Identifies as biracial. She identifies as Black and Puerto Rican. In today’s media people of color are misrepresented and over-represented in the media, giving them a bad light and enforcing stereotypes that have been here since colonization. Her content will bring about a good light to people of color by highlighting their successes and the difference they are making in a society that is systemically built against them. Gisele will show that there is more to people of color than what is shown. The determination and ambition.
George and Vonda Sisneros and their family live in El Rosario, Guatemala (a small village tucked in the mountains of Guatemala) and work with the people there. People like Maria, a single mom of 4 boys, who is defying the odds. She is fighting for her boys and for their future. You see, There’s a silent epidemic eroding families in the villages of Guatemala — the absence of fathers. Men are leaving their families; leaving an aftermath of mothers and children to fend for themselves. The Sisneros family left a comfortable life in the U.S. to work with the women and the boys of El Rosario to help make a difference for the future. These are their stories along the way.
Grace Stamps hails from a multi-racial, multicultural household. Over the years she has formed an obsession with arts of antiquity and hopes to travel the world to experience such monumental works in person. Grace enjoys her work as a Graphic Designer and Webmaster, and has been known to update/write for/run the contemporary art blog, OH! Parasite.
Hailey Finch is a Colorado native who enjoys her time as a writer, artist, and content creator. With a dream to work for well-known fashion magazine, Finch hopes to creatively expand her knowledge by looking through the lenses of other cultural outlets around the world, all while connecting it to her passion for fashion. Finch also strives to inspire others to break out of their comfort zones and embrace the beauty around them through different artistic paths.
TCK Hayden Greene is a prize-winning, fine art photographer with an eye for
the ironic and for color. He has been a working professional since 2008 and strives to capture the unnoticed beauty that we walk by every day. His work includes beautiful landscapes and cityscapes, expressive portraiture, and dynamic concert and event photography. In 2010 he created Greene Light Photography to bring an artistic eye to commercial photography.
Henry S. Miller is the author of The Serious Pursuit of Happiness: Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive and Inspiration for the Pursuit of Happiness: Wisdom to Guide your Journey to a Better Life. He is also the creator of the online membership program Get SERIOUS About Your Happiness: 20 Transformational Tools for Turbulent Times. As President of The Henry Miller Group (www.millergroup.com), he is a speaker, trainer, and consultant helping organizations improve engagement, performance, and productivity. In prior careers, Henry was a Senior Consultant for the Tom Peters Company and in corporate America with IBM.
Ivan Cavero comes from a Latin background in Maimi, Fla. U.S.A. His articles really express the inside view of my beautiful city of Miami.
Isabelle Rayburn is a music lover by day and an activist for the Black community by night. She has always been dedicated to serving her community and giving them a voice through Journalism, one that they have never had before. CULTURS perfectly embodies everything she has been looking into. The publication perfectly represents voices that have not had the chance to be represented before or just have not been seen at all. Rayburn is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated which is a lifetime organization focused on serving the Black community further representing her dedication and hope to give everyone the voice that they deserve. Music has been a passion for Rayburn since she was in high school, she believes that music and culture can come together as one and wants that to be the main focus of her career. With this mix of music and culture, Rayburn is determined to publish creative content and bring representation to the music scene as well as the culture scene.
International executive coach, culturally-blended global nomad and TCK mom, London based Ilaria Vilkelis, is the author of the book “Your Happy Home Quest -10 Steps to Bringing More Love, Health and Wealth into Your Life by Choosing the Right Home”. She helps CULTURS readers explore how to thrive beyond cultures feel at home anywhere in the world.
Julie Bremser was raised in a bicultural household in Colorado. She is passionate about technology, traditional art and the environment and how these topics interact and impact everyday life. In her free time she likes to bake and consume multicultural music.
Joshua Chacon was originally from Los Angeles, California but moved to Colorado when he was 4 years. Though he’d lived most of his life in a small town called Brush he would like to move to something bigger and more different than the same old buildings and people. To be honest, he does not get into a publication that much, he does like one media outline that does not leave any hard truth. And that truth is called Vice. Instead of giving the viewer a bias opinion, the media tries to explain whats going on with the subject and the major issues are. Though it is hard to be not biased, Josh understands the importance of the truth that needs to be put out even though it can be brutal.
Hello, I am from South Korea and has a rich cultural foundations by the experience of having lived in the states for about four years in my childhood. I am a senior at the Colorado State University majoring in English, Language Concentration. I am thankful for this opportunity to continue to learn different perspectives and expand my knowledge of diverse spectrum of cultures.
Julia Giesenhagen is a Colorado Native and was born and raised in Fort Collins. Her mother was born in Korea and was a Military BRAT, who travelled to many different locations. She has learned about the Military BRAT experience through her mother and understands how her mother longs for a place away from her current home. Her father is also a Native Coloradan with no apparent cross cultural influence. She is interested in CULTURS as she feels that it will further expand her knowledge of the world and people around her. She is interested in how topics discussed in CULTURS can be implemented into media, like film, and how this representation will benefit others. She finds that there is a lack of representation for many groups and she hopes that this community will be better represented and inspire further media presence for others. Along with a broader representation, she wishes to learn along side others that are new to CULTURS. She is lacking experience and understanding in this area and is excited to be exposed to this information so that she can advocate for those that don’t think they have a voice. Through CULTURS, she wishes to create an environment where all can share their thoughts and learn from others’ experiences.
Culturs Product Editor Jill Goldberg is a wife and mother of three inspiring kids with more than two decades of Pharmaceutical and Biotech experience. A strong, innovative professional with the ability to spot emerging global trends, Goldberg leverages personal and professional leadership to canvas new product trends and create content for entrepreneurs to move their businesses forward.
Jesse is an English and Creative Writing Graduate of Colorado State University. He is interested in storytelling and its history throughout the world, and he has traveled all around Europe from the Baltic to the Mediterranean studying and enjoying the culture and history of the area.
James Hall chose to write for Culturs due to his interest in what makes a person who they are. Until that information is available, a person is never truly known by an individual. His content is relevant because it will show how sports differ from culture to culture. Hall’s content is based on sports because sports usually hold a common ground for different cultures. However, every culture plays the game differently, and an understanding of that difference will allow fans to have a deeper understanding of the game.
I’m brought to Culturs Magazine with eyes of wonder. To me, this is a completely new environment. Personally, I was born in the Mid-West and lived a majority of my life there. After 15 years, I made my way over to Colorado. I hope to find the hidden aspect of diversity through the different cultures intertwined within Culturs by being a part of the action directly.
A unique TCK military brat who lived overseas in Japan and Italy for a total period of 16 years. Sports enthusiast. #GoBlue
Joanna Pierce is a National Nomad who grew up in six different states throughout the US. She recently returned from the Peace Corps working in Cambodia and hopes to continue working in international development. Joanna is passionate about the arts and their ability to create community. She loves to travel, read, and watch Spongebob.
Jessica is a TCK adult and felt a strong connection to Culturs Magazine as soon as she saw it. Her first thought was “I didn’t know so many people could relate to me, I feel like I could contribute to this!” Growing up, she went to school in America for her most developing years. But during those years, she spent months each summer living in Japan. With a mother who was born and raised in Japan and a father who grew up in America, she didn’t realize her cultural identity was different from her peers until her later teen years. Jessica also lived and studied in Australia in her later teen years, forming strong emotional ties with the country. After moving back to America, she found a strong desire to travel and experience different cultures. Other than returning to her two host countries, university made it hard to travel the world. But the desire and the memories of her host countries still persist.
Hello I’m Josie! I’m currently Journalism major and French minor at Colorado State University. Since I was 16, my (expensive) hobby has been traveling internationally. This love from traveling lead me to study abroad in Paris, France for a semester in autumn 2014. I’m interested in magazine writing and photojournalism.
Janelle Patrick studies Public Relations at Colorado State University and enjoys skiing, biking, cooking and kickboxing. With a strong passion for the PR industry, Janelle has immersed herself with opportunities that shaped her professional acumen. She is very intrigued by fashion trends from around the world and loves to incorporate them into her personal style.
Justin wants to learn and understand how to effectively communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds. By working with Culturs, he aims to better handle stories from varying walks of life. He wants to write how pop culture, television/film, and video games have evolved over time to analyze the pros and cons of representation and accuracy for marginalized groups.
Writing queer content for video game narratives is still brand new, with the audience and narratives viewed primarily through a cisgender heterosexual lens. However, the push for more queer acceptance and normalization in various mediums has given rise to mini-explosions of good, and bad, representation on digital screens.
He is passionate about LGBTQ+ issues and video games because he has been a longtime gamer since he was 8 years old, and queer his whole life. With LGBTQ+ narratives continuing to be introduced and enhanced through storytelling, he wishes to push the envelope on queer normalization in the mainstream media for liberation and acceptance.
Jake Sell provides a fresh perspective on topics of culture. He grew up in rural Colorado, which provides him with opportunities to observe culture in depth and with an open mind; having grown up in a cultural bubble, Sell is able to report on most cultures for the first time without bias or preconception. Sell covers stories that touch on his passions – music, art, and nature – while emphasizing their universal connections between cultures. Sell’s interest in CULTURS magazine comes from a desire to learn more about the world and cultures around him.
With passion for Journalism and Media Communications, Olive Ancell is a Third Culture Adult and content creator who is passionate about social and cultural differences that have the potential to bring the world’s people together. She has traveled to nine countries, which has influenced her love of travel and the desire to share unique world perspectives that can offer unlimited opportunities to connect people in different ways. Her talents in content creating include photography, videography, writing, and multiple art mediums. Ancell believes the power of media is one of the most powerful tools for international awareness and communication, which can be utilized or abused. Olive is determined to be a part of a larger picture, in which the use of media for coverage ranging from hyper-local to international is encouraged to celebrate and elevate diversity and all of the Earth’s spectacular cultures.
Kota Babcock is an audio news-focused multimedia content creator from Denver, Colo. with special interests in religion and equity. He is now based between Tacoma, WA and Fort Collins, Colo. He has worked with local Fort Collins publications the Collegian and KCSU-FM, and has been an active part of Jewish leadership at Colorado State University, serving in various roles with Hillel at CSU and supporting interfaith connections. Additionally, he works in LGBTQ and HIV activism.
I am passionate about telling people’s personal stories, wherever they are from, and how their life perspectives relate to others around the world. I am a full-time student at Colorado State University, studying journalism and business marketing, and I am pursuing a career in TV News broadcasting. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keiler is intrigued by CULTURS as it connects many diverse beliefs and perspectives across the globe. He writes content that clarifies details and links different cultures together in his work. Keiler is extremely passionate about photography, specifically how it relates to the environment and its preservation, which can be seen across almost every culture. He is excited to work in this area and seeing what CULTURS offers to the world. His passion of photography has allowed him to see many different cultures and only further fuels his desire to connect with new cultures every day. His work aims to spread awareness of differences between culture, but also show how these differences connect us all.
Kiaja Thomas studies Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University. She became a part of a multicultural family with the adoption of her brother in 2012. She enjoys traveling, eating sushi, and competing in triathlons.
Kahlea Khabir is a senior at Colorado State University majoring in Ethnic Studies and Sociology. She has an interest in capturing the essence of diversity and inclusion through an international lens, focusing her studies on the African Diaspora. She is currently studying abroad in Brazil and plans to head to Cuba in the spring.
My name is Kerri Kirkhuff and this is my blog.
I’m more than just a music junky. I’m a 20-year-old college student attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO pursuing a career in the public relations field. I hope to see myself in the music industry as public relations professional and working with different media outlets.
Kimberley McDowell is a passionate traveller and writer. She experienced her first culture shock moving from Germany to Australia as a child. She further experienced different cultures moving from Australia to Canada then to Colorado to attend Colorado State University as an international student, giving her greater cultural perspective. She aims to create content with a new found perspective.
Kendall was born and raised in Katy, Texas for the first 18 years of her life. She moved to New Mexico upon graduating from high school and currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado. She enjoys bring communities together, discussing social justice and advocating for LGBTQQIA rights.
An Aurora, Colorado native, 17-year-old Kameron (Kam) McMillion is older sister to Koryn, age 14, and Kai, age 10. Even at these young ages, the girls have traveled to many places, including Hawaii and Mexico, and have experienced numerous cultures.
Kameron hopes her column will educate people about different cultures and feels that everyone should remember, “different isn’t bad; it is just different and our differences are what make cultures unique.”
Katie Mitchell is a traveler and lover of outdoor summer activities. As a self-directed learner, she delights in lessons taught through story. She finds joy in the small moments that show humanity’s inner workings.
An avid traveler through her adolescence and young adulthood, Katie loves to work to create a comfortable third space for readers in publications.
Katie is originally from St. Simons Island, GA. Between UGA and CSU, she lived around Colorado for four years, worked for a gem and mineral company, and started her own company, Murphy Music, working with Colorado bands handling their booking and management. She enjoys spending time with her kitties, Rager and Luna, seeing live music, exploring the outdoors, and DIY projects. She also has an obsession with microbrews and fried chicken n waffles (or any southern cookin’). Katie is a journalism major with a business minor and plans to attend CSU for her MBA after graduation. She likes to write about music, art, lifestyle and travel.
Traveler, curious mind with a lifelong penchant for style. Kenyan born, Koya found her new adventures and a new home in Denver after making long stops in Ethiopia Rwanda, London, Dubai and India. Koya loves to tell fashion stories through styling and writing and works as an editorial and personal stylist.
I tell the tales of fashion in our culture and give fashion a new perspective. Call me the cultural fashion curator. She lives by the motto #BeBoldBeBraveBeDifferent Keep up with Koya by following her on Instagram @letmeshowyoudifferent
Kendall has been interested in media for as long as she can remember. She has been studying Journalism and Media Communications at her University to help pursue the dreams she has always had for her life. Kendall has always loved traveling and photography. As she continues to grow in these areas, she is hoping to be able to share her photography as she travels the world. She has a passion for wildlife and is hoping to be able to capture many moments throughout her adventures with her camera.
Kayla is interested in Culturs because of its wide outreach for multiple communities. She is passionate about media culture in relation to justice, and strives to impact the social sphere with her work. Music and celebrity culture are of particular interest to her. Kayla hopes to continue to educate herself on how other people experience the world, and how media may contribute to one’s self perception.
Karynne Summars, author of the contemporary romance thriller “Desperate Pursuit in Venice,” was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She currently lives in New York and Marbella, Spain. Before focusing her creative talents, she worked as an international corporate finance professional in New York. Certain of her work and life experiences provided a good basis for this debut novel, from which the storyline expanded to include exciting events and captivating characters. The story touches on important current issues designed to bring awareness to those finding themselves in similar situations in real life. Winner of the 2014 MARSocial Author-of-the-Year Award and Executive Producer of the 2014 psychological thriller feature film “Disturbed” (a KeeranVaani Creations production), Summars’ mission is to entertain a broad audience and touch readers emotionally, as well as, guide them towards self-help and personal growth.
Kadyn Thorpe grew up in the United States, moving from state to state, but spending most of her time in Colorado. She has always been interested in traveling the world and immersing herself in different cultures to gain a better understand of people and their cultural identities. Although she hasn’t left the United States, other than a quick trip to Mexico, she has pushed herself to learn other languages and cultures as much as she can. After college she plans to travel and volunteering as well as writing about the people she meets and the places she goes. Culturs magazine gives her a look into what her life could look like, traveling and writing and being able to truly understand other cultures, beliefs and practices.
CULTURS teen contributor and High School Senior, Florida-based Kassidy Wallace is of Haitian and African American descent. As an upcoming college freshman, she offers the perspective of the extreme minority in social and academic situations. Her experiences outline the challenge of defying and altering stereotypes, in order to achieve proper representation as a culturally-blended individual in the eyes of society.
Born and raised in Northern Colorado, Kate is an ethnically diverse, graphic design student. She loves pushing boundaries and learning about different places around the world that can inspire her in her art. By creating content that speaks to a diverse crowd, Kate hopes to make people feel related to in cultures around the world.
Growing up in the same place with the same people, Lauren finds a passion in discovering the world she doesn’t know. Using her Journalism and Media Communications degree, she researches and writes about many different areas specializing in emotional and mental health in different cultures around the world.
Born in America, Lia is aspiring towards her hopes and dreams at Colorado State University. Although most of her background is in America she is culturally blended with a Korean heritage. She finds a way of creative expression through photography and video editing. Besides sitting at home with her cat discovering new music, she studies Journalism with a minor in Spanish, works on-campus and explores her interest to be a DJ at the college radio station.
Lexie is a Journalism and Spanish major at Colorado State University who recently returned from studying abroad in Spain. She loves to travel and hopes to move back to Spain one day.
Limi Jiang, Colorado State University senior student. Major in Journalism and Media Communication. Learned dance for 14 years. Now, she also is an intern at TV station.
Having a passion for media and writing since she can remember, Norris worked towards a double major in Journalism and communication. She enjoys traveling and discovering new cultures and hopes to use that in her career.
TCK LaTonia Robinson began her modeling career at the invitation of Head Designer/Owner, Nina Verklas for the House of “Bambina by NV” during Fashion Week Tampa Bay in 2010. From that experience she found a new way to truly enjoy the evolution of fashion, and decided to become a voice for women of a curvier disposition. Robinson worked as a plus/curvy model for numerous events including New York Fashion Week , Full Figured Fashion Week in New York and nationally, including: Christian Fashion Week, St. Pete Art & Fashion Week, Haute Accessories Fashion Week, Embrace Your Curves, and many more. She also participated as a model for various television programming for major networks including WFLA-NBC, CNN Latino and Telemundo. Visit her website by clicking her name above.
Colorado State University journalism and technical communication student, Lauren Sawinska is fascinated by the diversity among her fellow students and enjoys learning about the customs of different cultures around the world. Lauren is a Colorado native and is passionate about cooking ethnic cuisine, her Italian roots and the Catholic faith. She strives to live by the ideology that every human being is worthy of dignity and deserves to be treated with love and compassion.
Molly Baltzer is a junior at Colorado State University studying Journalism and Technical Communications with a focus of Music, Stage and Sports production. Molly hopes to pursue a career in the sports industry but is also interested in physical fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Molly enjoys hiking, yoga and hanging out with her friends in her spare time.
Colorado native, Madison Bickler, is passionate about Journalism and Media Communications. Although she does not identify as culturally fluid, Bickler is eager to gain a better understanding of cultural mobility and hidden diversity through the Culturs community. She seeks to inspire individuals who are not culturally mobile to explore new aspects of diversity. As someone who appreciates different perspectives, she is prepared to offer insight on issues through a global lens. Each person brings unique gifts to the table and Bickler hopes to illuminate those hidden qualities around the globe.
MQ (Matthew Quinn) Borocz currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado U.S.A. where he studied journalism and humanities at Colorado State University. He enjoys writing about politics, philosophy and the arts and hopes to shed light on overlooked and unexplored topics. MQ also loves to dance, play music and be outside.
Maya Brown is a senior at Colorado State University studying Sociology and Criminal Justice. Maya has a passion for traveling and has been to 11 countries so far and intends to visit more. She also has a strong knowledge of pop culture, current events, and politics. She is excited to contribute to Culturs magazine to share her knowledge and passions with readers and also learn from others.
Born in the suburbs of Littleton, Colorado, Macayla has always been a dreamer. In her university years, she became a fierce advocate for cultural inclusivity within her writing, breaking down the barriers of biases. She enjoys time with her chocolate lab, reading and tasting new foods around the world. Macayla has a love for great coffee and warm weather. If you don’t find her spending time with her family, she is at the local bridal shop helping beautiful brides find their dream wedding dresses. Brides of all backgrounds and love stories seek out her expertise in fashion for their “big day.” She found Culturs to be a celebration of life and the all encompassing platform that matches her diversity interests. As a child, she was very active within her community and was able to expand on talents including dance, singing and leadership. However, she found that she felt happiest in the comfort of her home whilst reading, writing and watching movies. A home body at heart, but a mind that is seeking out of world exploration and understanding. Her content is relevant as she takes the time to be thoughtful to deeper meanings, abolishing biases and strives to continue learning.
Mary Cummings, a Colorado native with an ever growing passion for writing and learning about the world around her, is studying Journalism and Spanish. She loves to travel, and hopes to trek far and wide with every intention of gaining new perspective, and expanding her way of thinking–as Culturs does every day!
Mary has travelled to the Baltic states, Russia, Iceland, and Finland–her experiences there helped her see just how diverse the world truly is, and how important it is to immerse herself in other cultures. She hopes to diversify audience perspective through her writing!
Marco was born in Sydney, Australia to his native mother and Croatian father. He has traveled around the world considerably as a child, and notes Switzerland as his favorite destination so far. In 2012, he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to study Journalism and Media Communications at Colorado State University. He is an avid drummer and musician in his free time, and also enjoys spending time outdoors skating, biking or snowboarding to name a few.
Megan is a TCK who has lived in Colorado, Las Vegas, and Singapore. Through her global experience she is writing to you about how tourism displays cultures of different countries. Although she has been to 8 countries, she is desperate to travel more. She is a Junior at Colorado State University majoring in Journalism and media communication.
Melissa Downs studied writing, rhetoric and literacy in University. She values the diverse ways of thinking and perspectives that her education has shown her and enjoys learning about all different cultures and walks of life. Melissa is interested in the power of storytelling and believes that it is a vital, universal part of the human experience that needs the most diverse range of voices in order to see “the bigger picture” in life. Culturs magazine is a great way for these stories to be both shared and heard on a broader scale. She has a particular interest in how storytelling can be applied to a broad range of subjects, including some areas of personal interest such as the humanities, environmental justice and even digital gaming.
Third Culture Kid Expert Myra Dumapias, currently based in San Antonio is the Chief Executive Officer of TCKidNOW (Third Culture Kids Navigating Our Worlds)*, formerly TCKid. TCKid was featured on the BBC, ABC News, The Telegraph, the U.S. Department of Defense and Education Week, and helped thousands of TCKs discover their TCK identity and find a sense of belonging long before there was other mention of the term on social media. Dumapias transformed TCKid into a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides trauma-informed educational outreach about the lifetime impact of a transnational upbringing. While acknowledging the role healing plays in helping TCKs recognize and develop their skills, TCKidNOW fosters connections that not only help TCKs find a sense of belonging, but give back to the world they grew up in. Myra’s writing has been published in disOrient Journalzine and other anthologies and chapbooks such as “Freeze Dried” and the “Our Path to Follow” series, as well as Among Worlds, Expat Philippines and other magazines. She has read in various festivals, universities, bookstores and other venues and curated poetry and prose readings in Los Angeles. Myra has a Bachelor’s in English and World Literature and a Master’s in Social Work.
Morgan Givney is a Senior at Colorado State University where she is pursuing a degree in Journalism and Technical Communication. She works as an Account Assistant at WildRock Public Relations & Marketing.
Marissa is from a small rural town in Colorado, just waiting for the chance to travel and experience the world. She’s attending Colorado State University to obtain her journalism degree and political science minor. She loves horses, cheers on the Broncos, and wants to retire in Lo De Marcos, Nayarit Mexico.
Maya Jensen grew up as an only child on the island of Kauai. She’s half German a quarter Danish, and the rest is a mystery. Jensen has been traveling to her mother’s passport country, Germany, since she was six months old to visit family. Jensen has also traveled to other places in Europe like Italy, France, Austria, and Switzerland. She is also a National Nomad, having moved three times within her home country. In a household where her father is a chef, she learned to have an open mind to trying new foods from other cultures. In her spare time, she loves going to music festivals like Lollapalooza, and Coachella, as well concerts (when she can afford it).
Mike Miller, a Colorado native, is a junior at Colorado State University majoring in Journalism and Technical Communications with a concentration in advertising and a minor in business marketing. In his free time, he enjoys everything that the Colorado outdoors has to offer including skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and camping.
Mara Scullion was raised by a family of educators who helped shape her goals and ambitions within her journalism and sociology careers. With hope to build an inclusive educational foundation within journalism, Scullion wants to invoke social change through her writing and visual media. Believing that Media and the News are the largest most accessible forms of mass public education, she wants to ensure that this platform is being used to further educate society on the social imbalances and oppressions many communities and individuals face daily, that is otherwise not covered in the media.
Mara Speece is a Cross Cultural Kid (CCK) who was born in the Galapagos Islands. Speece lived in Quito, Ecuador for four years then, moved to the United States and grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is interested in CULTURS magazine because she loves to learn about people and their cultures and the stories behind them. Speece has content that will inspire you to travel and learn about other people’s culture around you and the world! Speece is a part of a very large family who has multiple cultures shared within it. She loves to travel and discover different cultures, meet new people and find the beauty within each and everyone.
Nora Beauchamp is originally from San Francisco, where she studied at a French immersion school for 7 years, becoming aware of the benefits of multilingualism and cultural understanding. Her involvement with this community inspired her goal of working for an international organization that is making a difference in the lives of others. Additionally fluent in Spanish, Beauchamp has volunteered in Guatemala, expanding her passion for cultural exploration. Through the diverse platform of CULTURS, she hopes to share her experiences with others and strengthen the publication’s global community. Beauchamp strives to build bridges and business among different peoples around the world to improve the quality of life for us all.
Being a former collegiate Track & Field athlete and Junior Olympian fueled Nichole Cruz’ lifelong passion for health and fitness. With her passionate, energetic demeanor and athletic background, Cruz began her career as a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Motivator in 2005, to empower and change lives. She soon added Fight/MMA training to her fitness base and also became Level 1 certified in Muay Thai. In 2010 she created Fyter Fitness, which fuses traditional training with Fighter Intense training to maximize results and teach the practice of mind, body, spirit synergy. Cruz is a Competitive Fitness Athlete and competes in the National Physique Committee as a Figure competitor. She is founder of the Competitive Fitness Athletes Association which strives to increase the amount of competitors of color in addition to providing resources and support to ensure success within the sport. Her goal is to optimize health and fitness among the masses with an emphasis on minority communities. Visit Nichole at www.nicholecruz.com
An escapist at heart, Neeha is a jumble of India, U.A.E, Turkey and the U.S.A. She will be making her next TCK move in the coming months by moving to France for her MBA.
Nicole Parra believes everyone has a story. She has a passion for all things food, fashion, and culture. As a Mexican-American, she has experienced life traveling in between cultures.
Ultimately, Parra believes diversity enriches life experiences.
Follow her for more updates on Twitter @NicoleDeeParra
Olivia Charlet is an adult Third Culture Kid with a French father and Belgian mother. Born in Tokyo, she then lived in Dusseldorf, Johannesburg, Vienna and Hamburg, all before the age of 18. Charlet completed a Bachelor’s in Finance at the School of Management at Boston University and – having earned a Master’s in Organizational Psychology and Psychiatry at King’s College – now lives in London, UK. She trained with the Coaching Academy to become a Personal Performance Coach (www.oliviacharlet.com) and now works with clients in making their dream life a reality.
Olivia Treu grew up in Bend, Ore. U.S.A. with her family of five. She loves the outdoors, international traveling, and U.S. football. She is interested in this publication because she believes she can bring to light the unheard female voices who struggle with who they are and how they are treated in this world. Treu’s content is relevant to readers because she is passionate about women’s rights and equality, specifically gender equality and this will appeal to the CULTURS audience.
Career United States Air Force Officer and global transition expert, mother to TCKS, culturally- and racially-blended, Hawaii-based Paulette Martinez Bethel, PhD, CMC, is our expert on the importance of transition and its affect on relationships. Read her CULTURS column: *Mélanjé: GPS Conversations for the Global Soul* and listen to exclusive replays of her “Lost in Transition” Global Telesummit audio series.
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peter is interested in this publication to expand his horizons and fall in love with the process of gaining knowledge. his content is relevant because it can correlate to real life situations. he is very passionate about helping others and building cohesion.
Petra Farkas comes from a predominantly European ethnic background. She is from Hungary, which is surrounded by a number of nations. Growing up she had great opportunities to visit almost every country in Europe with her family, therefore she knows a little bit more about certain cultures. She left home at the early age of 18 to pursue her goal on the other side of the earth. Since then, she’s become more outspoken and independent while remaining family oriented. Her ambitions are to play professional basketball all around the world, to be able to interact with people from many cultures and learn about their perspectives on life. Interior design is one of her great passions; she adores the modern stylish atmosphere, which allows her Obsessive-compulsive Disorder to flourish.
Paige Hawthorne is a graphic designer with an interest in advertising and poster making. She has experience through her job as a graphic designer as well as her freelance work. She likes to workout, cook and hangout with friends in her free time.
Romita a.k.a Glitter Explorer® is a former Fortune 200 leader turned Spiritual Life Coach. She leans in on her 15+ years of leadership experience for Fortune 200 companies like The Walt Disney Company and Marriott International. Romita left the corporate space to conquer her own mental health. She has been traveling (28+ countries) worldwide, exploring mental health from various perspectives. Inspired by her travels Romita founded Glitter For The Soul® to help depleted humans reconnect & master their souls so they can build wealth and change the world.
Dr. Rhonda Coleman, DAOM is a first generation Afro-Honduran-American woman (TCK, CCK) with a passion for healing arts. She was raised in New Orleans, LA where culture was a mosaic of colloquialisms, customs, costuming and cuisine. She is an experienced educator, speaker, performance artist, and writer. Currently, she makes her home in Aurora, CO. When she’s not practicing in her Acupuncture and Holistic Health clinic, Dr. Rhonda enjoys teaching capoeira, traveling, and enjoying great food with her Ex-Pat husband and domestic TCK children.
Rose Mirceska is born in a small country named Macedonia. When she was 15 she moved to the United States. When Mirceska first got introduced to Culturs Magazine, she instantly took interest because as a third culture kid herself she resonates with the lifestyle that they live. Mirceska writes about how her culture experiences have impacted her life. She wants to make sure that through her writing she can explain what life feels like to move from one country to another and the change of culture that it comes with. Mirceska is passionate about how cultures clash. She feels like after she moved to the United States she has learned so much from the cultures surrounding her and she’d like to help people learn the same way she did.
Renee is an International Studies major with a concentration in Latin American Studies at Colorado State University. She is interested in Sustainable Development practices and hopes to use this degree to eradicate extreme global poverty. She is a Global Nomad, and has spent time in 15 different countries around the world. She speaks both Spanish and Chinese, and has been an ambassador to Zhenjiang, China that helped create good relations between The United States and China. Renee also taught elementary English in Spain.
Rachel Rasmussen has always been fascinated with other cultures for as long as she can remember. Her parents adopted her from China when she was a year old, but she considers Littleton, Colo., U.S.A. her hometown. Rasmussen is passionate about social justice, helping the environment and trying to make the world a better place for everyone to live and enjoy.
Culturs gives Rasmussen the opportunity to share stories not usually told in the media and she hopes they will also create a more understanding space in society that is safe for people of all backgrounds to share their own unique stories and experiences.
Rachel Schlachter is a military brat and Domestic TCK who lived in five states and visited twenty-two more. She loves traveling and experiencing new places with her friends and family.
Sarah is a lover of all things spiritual, and has thoroughly enjoyed covering the spirituality beat during this spring semester. She is a fan of yoga, hiking, and positive vibes. She is currently a communications and branding intern with SparkWild Media, in Fort Collins, CO.
As a multicultural woman, Sara Bushnaq, is exposed to the idea of belonging to more than one community. Her Passions include traveling, photography, and human beings. She is not afraid to be thrown in the unknown because that’s when she feels most learning is accomplished. Bushnaq comes from Syrian and Saudi Arabian origins and is always seeking a holistic way of life, which Culturs can provide.
Sabrina Castanuela is a writer who loves to share her experiences with others to both inform and entertain. She enjoys journalism, social media, and traveling. She is passionate about capturing moments of friends and family through photography and videography. She is interested in learning as much as possible about other cultures as well as share her own cultural experiences.
Shaley Dehner is a junior at Colorado State University majoring in Journalism and Media Communications and hoping to go into Advertising as a Media Research Analyst. She can be found working at the Office of Engagement on campus as well as PetSmart, reading, writing, dancing in the rain, and smiling at strangers.
SHANTHI YOGINI, dressed traditionally, is authentic to her roots in more ways than appearance. She founded Yoga-for-Happiness Academy with a vision to “Actualize World Peace and Happiness through Authentic Yoga-Science.”
HER STAND: To stop misappropriation of Ancient-Yoga-Science as-Mere-Branded-Physical-DOING and to reclaim its Authenticity as-a-Science-of-LIVING-in-Union. This is achieved through the Evolutionary Movement namely “Two-Yoga-Minutes to Happiness”, for, YogaH means “Union”.
Shanthi, a former software engineer, comes from a lineage of Yoga-Masters. She trains Yoga-Teachers as Yoga-Scientists and Yoga-Leaders, NOT as mere Yoga-Instructors.
Shanthi is International Yoga-Master, Yoga-Activist, Coach, #1 International Best-Selling Author, Eye-Opening Speaker, Multicultural Workshop-Presenter, Healer, Dancer, Interactive-Storyteller and a highly sought-after TV, podcast and radio show guest. For a FREE download of Shanthi’s book, visit www.HappinessTheKeytoSuccess.com
Sierra Kube has always been intrigued by the astounding diversity in life experience. Having grown up in the United States of America and never having the opportunity to travel outside of it, Sierra sought ways to expand her knowledge on the complexity of human experience; mainly through different media forms. This led her to Culturs magazine which not only gave her the insights she was looking for, but a place where difference in experience was celebrated. Her interest in Culturs came out of this search for diversity; a search for experiences different from her own. Having sought out these different experiences her belief that diverse human thought can lead to great innovation. Sierra seeks to confront established norms and beliefs behind different media forms and critically synthesize them from a lens of Cultural Mobility/Fluidity.
Samantha Malpiedi is a columnist for Culturs and is especially interested in current issues around the world that affect people and the way they make their livelihoods. Her cultural awareness education began at age fifteen when she traveled to five different countries including parts of Europe, Mexico and Kenya and ended in her time spent living in Chile at age 21. From these experiences she developed her love for travel and the appreciation for culture. As a duo-language speaker, she thrives in environments where communication spans cultures. Never complacent to stay in one place, her articles will interest anyone that might resonate with a restless nomad, hungry for a taste of travel.
Sarah Meyer was born and raised in the midwestern United States in Madison, Wis. Meyer loves to share her experiences through writing which she cultivated through her major in Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University. Sarah is part German and part Norwegian. Sarah feels she is a member of counter culture and ski/snowboard culture through her many years snowboarding. Sarah loves traveling, though she has only traveled within the United States. She would love to travel to many countries and is very eager to learn more about cultures around the globe. Sarah spent over 200 hours volunteering around her community in high school, including a mission trip to the Blackfeet Native American Reservation where she participated in smudging, a ritual she took home and continues to practice. Through CULTURS magazine Sarah is very eager to learn and is always trying to open her eyes to what the world has to offer.
Military Brat, TCK Sonja Motley brings decades of fashion industry experience to CULTURS – from fashion illustrator, to major department store layout artist, booker and runway trainer for a modeling agency and agent of illustrators and fashion photographers. She’s overseen sales for 14 clothing lines, fine jewelry and diamonds, served as visual merchandiser, fashion show organizer and personal shopper for high-end boutiques and select individual clients. Motley’s lends her knowledge of the body, clothing, adornments and image to clients spanning the globe. Currently the owner of Clutter Free Closets, Motley shared her expertise with Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and NBC 9News in Denver. Visit her at www.clutterfreeclosets.net
Sarah Neff is an undergraduate journalism major at Colorado State University who takes a special interest in film and content creation. She is aspired to tell other people’s stories and make a unique platform where people can connect learn and diversify with others. Likewise, she enjoys photography and visual communication to interact with people. Neff hopes to bring a unique personality and perspective to the Cuturs team through her various experiences and raising awareness of cultural fluidity. Neff was brought from her birth country of China to the United States at a very early age and has always been fascinated by other peoples’ stories and unique experiences.
Neff hopes to create content that helps educate her viewers and inspires others to see the world from newer and different perspectives.
Samantha “Sam” Nordstrom loves to write. She adores storytelling about amazing and diverse people, places, and events, and she strives to appeal to audiences around the world. Growing up in a small, conservative town in Texas, Nordstrom developed both a yearning for adventure and an eagerness to understand and experience cultures different from her own. Culturs, which focuses on recognizing various backgrounds and cultures, represents an opportunity for Nordstrom to not only connect with a global audience, but to learn and develop a greater understanding of different identities and cultural groups by producing compelling articles. Nordstrom’s passions extend beyond writing and includes photography, design, traveling, music, reading and outdoor recreation. Nothing makes her happier than spending the night in the mountains after a long day of hiking, sipping on a cup of coffee and staring into the stars, or taking a spontaneous road trip to a new city for a day of shopping and exciting exploration. Nordstrom hopes that her readers can find joy in the same passions that she does, or perhaps learn about an exciting new perspective. Either way, Nordstrom’s fierce desire for embracing new experiences and contributing her piece to an increasingly diverse world will both inspire her stories and drive her to think outside her own cultural bubble.
Photographer Stefan Rodriguez is a bi-cultural student with a father from Colombia and a mother from North America. Stefan enjoys producing and editing creative automotive and portrait photography as a free-lance photographer. Also as a Communication Studies student at Colorado State University, Rodriguez hopes to bring a unique perspective to the Culturs team. Contact Stefan at Stefanrodriguez.zenfolio.com
Growing up in a multicultural family, Sydney Shalz brings an interesting perspective to the table. Sydney first became interested in writing at a young age, and ever since, it has evolved into her passion, and hobby. She currently works in marketing at Colorado State University, and hopes to pursue a career in the field marketing in the near future.
Sujie Wei is a student at Colorado State University. She is interested in media, art, and culture. CULTURS is an interesting website for her because she loves experiencing varying cultures. She likes to go to different places to experience a different life. She thinks that going out more and understanding the customs of different places will not criticize the existence in the world that is different from yourself but will have more tolerance and understanding. The way to achieve her dream is through reading and traveling. Wei loves traveling. Wei would like to share her thoughts and ideas with people through her trips. She looks at the world from different perspectives and is open to new ideas, environments, and people. Having a passion for life, Wei values every single day. Her objective and goal are to write valuable and interesting articles. Her articles are content that is relevant to readers because what she writes is about cultural fluidity. Since she is brought up in China and studied abroad, she encounters cultural shock. Moreover, she travels a lot, experiencing the differences of varying lives. She likes to record her global experience through personal journals and social media platforms.
Shelby is interested in this publication because they wish to travel and see more of the world. After taking a few journalism classes at CSU, their mind has become curious with knowing what else is out in the world. Culturs magazine offers the first glance into the world and offers insight on what is going on globally. Shelby’s content will be relevant to reader’s as they will show upmost curiosity towards wishing to travel elsewhere. They have lived in the United States their whole life, so that ambition to travel to other countries will reflect in their written work. Their passion for wanting to travel originated from watching National Geographic and other documentaries on exciting locations. They wish to travel to both large cities and beautiful, natural landscapes.
Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, specifically Washington, Shelby has taken a liking in forests and the ocean. They miss the ocean dearly and wish to move closer to the ocean later in life. They wish to travel abroad and see what the oceans and forests are like in other locations. By writing in Culturs Magazine, they will showcase and expand their knowledge on the wonders of the world.
Taylor is a student at Colorado State University. She is a double major in Theatre and Journalism & Technical Communications. Colorado is her home state. She has a heart for traveling around the world. Her biggest aspiration is to direct and create films that show the beauty and realness of the world.
Todd Cornell is Managing Director of Cultur668 and Executive Director of Global Chamber Northern Colorado. He is multi-lingual, including fluent Mandarin Chinese, and understands the nuances of cultural mindset differences.
He believes that differences in cultural approaches are the largest challenges for international dealings. Cornell has worked mainly with Chinese businesses and organizations for over 30 years in business management and communications. He also resided in Chinese speaking countries for over two decades.
Cornell believes that language is key to understanding other cultures. It is a conduit of worldview and culture coding, the keys to cultural nuances, and understanding what may be difficult to grasp without the language, which supports bridging cultural misunderstandings.
Travis is currently attending Colorado State University for Journalism and Media Communication. He is the sports anchor for CTV 11 Sports and an associate producer for ROOT Sports’ Rams Report.
My name is Torie Hawn and I’m a junior at Colorado State University. Majoring in journalism and technical communications and minoring in global environmental sustainability, I’m here to bring you global perspectives on environmentalism.
Tayo Rockson is is an authority on Third Culture Kids and assimilation into new cultures. He is an avid writer whose work can be seen on the Huffington Post as well as Global Living magazine. He is the author of The Ultimate Guide To TCK Living and through his podcast and blog, he is heard and read by thousands of people in over 100 countries. He grew up in four different continents and now currently resides in New York City where he frequently strikes conversations with random people.
Born and raised in Canada, Valeria Fugate loves traveling and working internationally. She speaks Spanish and French, and she aspires to add more pages to her passport and languages to her repertoire.
A graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder’s College of Multimedia, Communications, and Information with an emphasis on Broadcast Journalism, a minor in Political Science, and a certificate in International Media, Fugate relishes international multi-media journalism in all its forms.
This journalist hopes her work will bring attention to national policy, immigration, women’s and human rights, social justice, cultural and political topics that affect us all as global citizens.
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Veronica Baas is a student at Colorado State University studying journalism and business. She is also a reporter and photographer for The Rocky Mountain Collegian.
Reach her at email@example.com or on twitter @vcbaas
WonSeop Suh or Won is a South Korean national and recent Journalism graduate from Colorado State University. All his life Suh lived a nomadic life style as a Third Culture Kid – he grew up in Incheon, South Korea and also lived in countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and the United States. Suh has worked for the Republic of Korea Air Force as Military Police, Seoul Nuclear Security Summit 2012 as a multilingual presidential security interpreter. He brings his wealth of experience and unique global view and understanding of Third Culture Kids to Culturs.
Koya Cheng is very passionate about what she covers in media because she believes her personal multi-cultural experiences may help her to understand the global culture and provide a more comprehensive understanding of global culture to readers. The impact of global multiculturalism is relevant to readers and also associated with Cheng’s personal life as a TCK. She aims to put more eyes on TCKs’ development as it may appeal to readers since the TCK population is increasing rapidly and has a significant impact to society. Culturs Magazine is the perfect avenue to do this as it integrates Cheng’s study of media&film as well as the system of publications as a whole.
Itoro Bassey is a Nigerian-American award winning writer, playwright, cultural worker, educator and the founder/executive director of Naija Meditate. She has partnered with educational institutions, NGOS, and corporations to use the performing arts and writing to inspire dialogue and healing within communities in need of repair. She speaks and writes extensively on healing as it relates to identity, travel and the immigrant experience.
She has received writing residencies and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and The Edward Albee Foundation. She has also published extensively in places like The Independent, Red Hen Press, Meridians: transnationalism, race, and feminism, midnight and indigo, and Slice.
In her spare time, Miss Bassey works diligently on leading meditation sessions for those on a healing journey.
Long Island, New York-based Yvette Vega (born to Puerto Rican parents of Taino Indian decent) is an award winning filmmaker for “Pieces of Courage” which showcases Latino cultural heroes including John Leguizamo & Shamans of Cuban decent. She is author of Endorphins Mind & Body Fitness systems which empower drug free healing. Working on three continents, Vega has a specialty in belly dance, meditation, yoga & sound fitness. She brings knowldedge of holistic health and experience working with neurobehavioral research experts to CULTURS in her column about removing life obstacles to create the life you want.
Zoe Jennings is a writer who is interested in telling human-interest stories. She grew up in the U.S. and Latvia. She has visited 22 countries. She loves journalism and hopes to write fiction someday. Jennings loves the outdoors, music and connecting with people. She has studied history and journalism at the university level.