by Nisa Quarles '21
InLight magazine is a diversity and culture magazine that features pieces from student writers and artists from across the DMV. In the fall of 2014, Max and Sam Strickberger, then freshman at Sidwell Friends School, founded InLight magazine (formerly Insight) to honor and provide an outlet for the diverse student body. Now, even though they have graduated, InLight has continued to thrive, and the twins continue to help direct it. So far, InLight has reached twelve schools and connected with thousands of students. InLight believes in the power of telling personal stories to reach people beyond what they may see on the news. In its mission statement, it says, “InLight is a student led platform for dialogue that explores cultures, lifts voices, and interrogates injustices.” It later mentions that it strives to tell the stories of the “self” rather than the “other.”
Per the magazine’s goal to expand, this year, NCS’s InLight committee hopes to join the seven middle and high schools to make our own issue of InLight in addition to contributing to the DC issue of InLight. Although this plan has been discussed in previous years among the members of Equity Board, this year, it has been established as its own club and pitched to the student body. This mission has been led by me and the two editor-in-chiefs Zoé Contreras-Villalta ’19 and Noor Saleem ’20. By the end of the year, our goals are to contribute to the DMV InLight magazine, create school-wide newsletters, and establish a foundation for the InLight club to continue past when we all graduate.
This issue’s theme for InLight is “Complicated Borders” which can be interpreted on an individual basis. Some examples include the lens of politics and the US-Mexico border, intersectionality, bridging gaps in your own community, among many others. As editors, we interpret this theme as our responsibility to take down the borders on the Close and create more connectedness among the student body by giving people an opportunity to share their unique stories. Everyone has a story, regardless of whether or not they belong to a minority group. We believe that there is no such thing as not being “diverse” or “cultured” enough.
We hope that when people read InLight, they will recognize that it is vital for us, especially in our current political climate, to practice truly listening to each other. We do not all have to share the same experiences or even agree, but by making an effort to understand each other’s stories, we have the opportunity to truly empathize with and appreciate each other.