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Photobooth project highlighting the diversity on campus

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Walking around campus you might notice some large photos of familiar and unfamiliar faces on the walls.

In 2006 a French street artist known as JR, began a new movement that would sweep across the world. What started out as simple portraits on buildings transformed into Inside Out: Project 11m.

The project promotes diversity and an active conversation about immigration through taking photos of everyone and displaying the diversity of people.

Named 11m for the nearly 11 million undocumented individuals in the world, the project was presented at a TED conference in 2011. From there it was given a global platform.

That global platform has now traveled to NKU. The Latino Programs and Services office wanted to be a part of the movement for National Hispanic Heritage month, so they contacted the project to bring it here.

Last week, outside the student union an Inside Out truck parked and took photos of nearly 150 students and faculty explained Mayra Guzman, a student who works for Latino Programs and Services, and was a large part in the Inside Out event.

“We want people to be more aware that this is a changing campus, a diverse campus. We want people to think outside of their box,” said Guzman, on why they wanted to bring the project to campus.

Guzman said the project has had a far reach, and a college campus is the kind of place that holds such diversity that it needs to be reached.

While they were excited about 11m coming to campus, Guzman admitted a slight worry.

“I was worried about the reaction a little bit, because immigration can be such a hot topic. But people were more concerned about the importance of diversity which was nice to see,” said Guzman.

The entire Latino Programs office was happy to see the different students and faculty come out to support the project said Guzman.

The Inside Out Project has traveled to 108 countries, and over 120,000 people have participated in the photo booths. NKU’s photos will be displayed around campus, weather permitting, for the rest of the month.

For more information on The Inside Out Project and the inside out “The Dream is Now” documentary you can visit their website and their Facebook page. You can also see all the NKU photos here.

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Photobooth project highlighting the diversity on campus