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Creating Dialogue and Compromise: Chiaro Benato, Maryland

As told by Chiara Benato
Salisbury, Maryland

Story Narrative:

Chaira has light skin and blue, shoulder-length hair. She sits in front of a colorful abstract painting and gestures with her hands by her side.

This snapshot was gathered in conjunction with the Maryland Voices initiative at Maryland Humanities, specifically to supplement the "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program. This collection, made up of stories of first-time voters between the ages of 18 and 24, showcases the experiences of young people as they wrestled with the 2020 presidential election, issues around social justice, the environment, immigration, and the pandemic. 

Chiara Benato (00:00): I'm Chiara Benato, I'm originally from New Jersey. I moved to Maryland almost three years ago now permanently. I came here originally for school at Salisbury University. I received a bachelor's degree in history and education, and continued my education directly after at Salisbury University again, getting a master's in English literature. I'm also a TA there, so I get to interact with undergrads still, and still get to pursue my passion for teaching there.

Chiara Benato (00:36): I think there's little compromises every single day. Like I said prior, I believe in helping the environment, and every little act matters. But when I go and see a friend of mine, they don't recycle. So, a compromise that I make with myself is that I take my stuff out of... If I use a plastic bottle, or a soda can, or we're baking and we use one of those throwaway pans, you clean them as best as you can and you have to dispose of them in a different way.

Chiara Benato (01:17): And they understand when they come over here that I do recycle. So, there's a little bit of compromising on both of our ends where we respect each other's a difference of opinions, and we do what we can to do what's right for us in a sense of... While still understanding that the other person and other people don't necessarily do the things that we do.

Asset ID: 2021.03.07.b
Themes: Compromise, dialogue, recycling, respect, understanding, environment
Date recorded: January 29, 2021
Length of recording: 01:41 m
Related traveling exhibition: Voices and Votes: Democracy in America
Sponsor or affiliated organization: Edward R. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, in partnership with Maryland Humanities
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