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Turning It Around

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From the Huffington Post to the Center for Community Action and Research's Activist Spotlight and beyond, Abbe Dembowitz '16 is turning negativity on its head one photo and one person at a time.

We’re very excited to share the CCAR's conversation with Abbe Dembowitz, Founder of the Turn It Around Project. In Abbe’s words, the mission of the project is to use the medium of photography to “create awareness, establish community, and garner positivity for the best and worst in us all.” The Turn It Around Project, which was initially based at Pace and in New York City, has been featured in the Huffington Post, and recently raised enough money to begin going on tour to share the concept with other colleges and universities. Read an excerpt of the CCAR's interview with Abbe below, and find out how you can get involved as a volunteer and even join the upcoming tour!

Year of Graduation: 2016
Major: Marketing
Minor: Pre-Law
Career Aspirations: I will be attending law school in the fall of 2017 in the hopes of becoming a corporate finance and securities attorney.

Our “Activist Spotlights” feature individuals like you who commit to acts of “everyday activism.” How do you define “activism” and what makes a person an activist?
Put simply, having the heart to care about an issue with the drive to evoke real change.

True or false: We’re all works in progress and we’re born with insecurities. These insecurities fuel the fears that hold us back from exceeding our potential. Can you comment on how that relates to combatting the intersectional oppressions we face in our society?
Definitely true. My interpretation and the way in which Turn It Around functions is centered around the basis that being a work in progress is universal. One of the wonders of the project is how we connect people of all colors, genders, cultures, and sexual orientations to create a community of people vulnerable enough to speak their truths, while being strong enough to combat them. We all live in our own bondage of self. The fear of failing can be crippling, but it is the duty of each of us to fight against it in order to contribute not only to those around us, but to society as a whole. The more projects like ours that embrace universal vulnerability, the higher the chance that intersectional oppressions will dissipate.

Click here to read Dembowitz's full Activist Spotlight on CCAR's blog.