Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it.
— President Barack Obama

THE CURATOR: Dirrick Butler

Rooted in his own experiences as a student and teacher, Dirrick Butler has witnessed first hand the inequities that exist in urban public education, specifically for students of color. He believes that intentional and quality community organizations and programming can assist in closing the national achievement gap between students of color and their white counterparts. He currently serves as the Senior Manager of Scholar Experience at Chicago Scholars, where he evaluates and designs programming to better impact these very students who would be first in their families to attend college.

In addition to this work, Dirrick is the Founder of  Project OneTen, an organization that assists students of color effectively transition from middle to high school. Most recently, Dirrick was selected as a 2019 Surge Fellow, which will further inform, elevate and develop Dirrick’s work as he continues to impact the next generation of Chicago leaders.



We The People began as a small idea to highlight the amazing and impactful work of millennials across the country. The video series grew to then highlight not only millennials of color, but activism in all forms through interviews and biweekly podcasts. 

For Season 3, We The People looks to incorporate diverse millennial voices on topics and issues that directly impact us as a collective. These topics/issues range from Millennials in the Workplace to Dating and Relationships, and even Civic Engagement. 

Our goal is to create content that gives viewers hope and inspires them to take action, lift their voices, and bring about change in their communities to issues that matter to them in their own unique way.