The Future is Undocumented is a digital storytelling series in which members of the Immigrants Rising community reflect candidly on the forces that shaped them, and share their boldest visions, wildest dreams, and most persistent doubts about what the future might hold.

Animation showing the project and story titles.

Click on a profile below to read the corresponding story.

Illustrated portrait of Nour Illustrated portrait of Joaquim

Illustrated portrait of Shirleen Illustrated portrait of Dean
Illustrated portrait of Chi Adanna Illustrated portrait of Dani

Illustrated portrait of David Illustrated portrait of Sadhana


This project was created and edited by Claire Calderón with original portrait illustrations by Younie Park. The layout and design is by Renata McElvany with support from Grace Yeo.

We’d like to thank our storytellers: Shirleen Achieng, Dani Amador, David Cruz, Chi Adanna Ilori, Nour Kalbouneh, Joaquim Pereira, Dean Santos, and Sadhana Singh for their trust and their brilliance. Additional thanks to Tony Choi for his contributions to this project’s vision and early stages, and to Beleza Chan for participating in some of the interviews.

We also wish to express our gratitude to the following sponsors for helping make this project possible:

Event Sponsor: Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Event Sponsor: College Futures Foundation Event Sponsor: Crankstart Event Sponsor: Ginnie & Peter E. Haas Jr. Fund