Raven Feagins ’15
Storyteller. Advocate. Writer.
Raven Feagins gives a voice to underrepresented communities through her work at the AIDS Foundation Chicago.
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On the communications side, Feagins writes for the AFC, sharing stories and perspectives of underrepresented groups and communities to spread awareness of people living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago. So far, one of the most memorable stories for Feagins is that of Anton X, a young man living with HIV who participates in the Black Panther Party Cubs movement. After being diagnosed with HIV, he dedicated himself to connecting with the HIV community in Aurora, Illinois (his hometown) and began working with the Open Door Health Center, a partner organization with the AFC.
“Statistics on HIV in the U.S. always show the communities most impacted include Black and LatinX gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men,” says Feagins. “Anton’s willingness to share his story helps humanize a number.” Representation matters to Feagins, and she hopes to demonstrate the uniqueness of people within the HIV community by continuing to tell their stories at AFC. Through storytelling, she wants to empower her subjects and reinforce that their experiences are important to understanding the HIV/AIDS epidemic, spreading awareness to the community, and continuing the AFC’s charge to move toward health equity.
*Statistics from AIDS Foundation Chicago’s 2017 Annual Report.