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Request a presentation from founder, Sophie Danielson, to learn more about the Rohingya diaspora, how Books Unbound began, and her journey of finding her Rohingya friends around the world.

Introduction


Casually known as a celebrity in Myanmar. Here’s the proof:  Celebrity Video. 

Aside from viral music videos, here’s a bit more about Sophie:

Nonprofit growth and development specialist with years of experience in cross-cultural understanding and communication, with a focus on marginalized populations and religious minorities.

A research specialist in the Rohingya refugee crisis — spent 7 years traveling across 19 cities in 6 countries to conduct in-depth research on the Rohingya diaspora.

An advocate for female entrepreneurs, known for innovative approach towards harnessing digital strategies to fundraise and mobilize audiences, and ability to successfully manage the logistics of program development and implementation.

A huge proponent for gap years and alternative education for post-high school students. Experienced female solo traveler across Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Featured Topics

The Rohingya Diaspora
How Books Unbound Began
Contextualized learning
Rohingya Reunions

The Rohingya Diaspora

Who are the Rohingya? What’s their story? Elaboration on the history, personal connections, stories of families, in-field reporting of the situation in the refugee camps. A personal and highly informal presentation from 7 years of in-field research.

How Books Unbound Began

What’s the story behind Books Unbound? How did it start with the Rohingya people? Highlighting upon personal experiences as a female entrepreneur starting and managing Books Unbound.

Contextualized learning

Why education through cartoonization? Sharing about the development of contextualized, informal learning in marginalized communities. 

Rohingya Reunions

An exclusive storytelling presentation to share about the long-term project, Rohingya Reunions.

“As long as I have a passport in hand, I plan to continue tracing Rohingya family trees across the world and share stories of their resilience, love, and power of family.”

Past Speaking Events

  • Air Academy High School, CO

  • Global U, Spain

  • The Commons, New Life Downtown, CO

  • UNICEF club, UCLA, CA

  • UNICEF club, Scarsdale, NY

  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO

  • Yucaipa High School, CA

  • Calvary Murrieta, CA

Testimonials

``Ms. Danielson shares her personal narrative and journey in a manner that resonates with a diverse group of people from various ages and backgrounds...
``Inspirational and practical! Sophie shares how her journey intersected with a remarkable and resilient people, refugees whose losses are more than most of us could ever imagine...
“Her story made me feel inspired to step outside of my comfort zone, and to try and go places that are completely different than what I am used to...
``First off, I would like to say I absolutely loved Sophie Danielson’s talk and content! I am so glad that she was one of our guest speaker’s this semester...
``One big take away that I will keep with me was that Sophie took a huge risk that ended up shaping her life into what it is today...
``A personal takeaway from Sophie’s talk was in regard to the artists she hires from around the world...

``Ms. Danielson shares her personal narrative and journey in a manner that resonates with a diverse group of people from various ages and backgrounds...

She is someone that you want to have come and speak as she inspirational, kind, worldly, energetic, smart, mature, and wise. Her expertise includes community building among artists internationally, culturally responsive teaching materials, migration and refugee issues, and finding your passion and place in the world.​”

Dr. Mandy Hansen | Director, International Affairs at UCCS

``Inspirational and practical! Sophie shares how her journey intersected with a remarkable and resilient people, refugees whose losses are more than most of us could ever imagine...

This connection presented a need, which Sophie met with creativity and a willingness to say “yes”. That “yes” sparked not only a ground swell movement of artists, linguists, educators, and anthropologists working together to put contextualized educational materials in the hands of refugee children, but also a movement of reuniting globally dispersed refugee families. Sophie’s presentation, her story of connection, leaves audiences with an ignited hope, inspired to move toward others with empathy and courage.​”

Cathryn Supplee | Lecturer, Department of Communication at UCCS

“Her story made me feel inspired to step outside of my comfort zone, and to try and go places that are completely different than what I am used to...

 …I feel that when I travel, I play it safe, and stick to what I’m comfortable with, and because of that, I’m missing some wonderful opportunities. Sophie is a young woman from Colorado, who went to the same high school I did, and she has created something great that helps others. This inspires me to feel that I am capable of this too, even though sometimes I feel like just one person in a huge world.”

Anonymous | Student, International Affairs at UCCS

``First off, I would like to say I absolutely loved Sophie Danielson’s talk and content! I am so glad that she was one of our guest speaker’s this semester...

…because she inspired me to take part in her work and do my part in helping the Rohingya people. I had many personal takeaways from Sophie’s talk, but the main one I had is wanting to do my part in helping people like the Rohingya with the privilege I have….I am grateful for this experience in class, thank you!”​

Anonymous | Student, International Affairs at UCCS

``One big take away that I will keep with me was that Sophie took a huge risk that ended up shaping her life into what it is today...

As a young woman, it is often hard to visualize going to another country by yourself to help children when you are a child yourself…This makes me want to do something similar to her because of her bravery. Sophie’s high degree of uncertainty and anxiety helped her break out of her shell and show the children that it was okay to be vulnerable. When she left for her first trip, she had many expectations of what the country would be like, but she never realized the rewards it would give her when she was there. Through her uncertainty, she learned and adapted to so many things of the new culture that she showed her students that they could do the same if they tried. She also reduced their uncertainty and anxiety about English by making her books mirror their lives by making the kids look like themselves. I really enjoyed her speech and look forward to what she will do in the future.”

Anonymous | Student, International Affairs at UCCS

``A personal takeaway from Sophie’s talk was in regard to the artists she hires from around the world...

Because I am actively involved in art, I found this premise both interesting and encouraging, as the vast ways the art found in the Books Unbound cartoons has helped others is incredible. Along with this, the way that Sophie was able to spontaneously move to Thailand is inspiring to me, especially because her journey led her to many great places and allowed her to get to know incredible people.”

Anonymous | Student, International Affairs at UCCS

Featured in

The Colorado Springs Gazette

“Colorado Springs women’s mission is to reunite Rohingya people torn by persecution.”

The Jetstream Journal

“Traveling, Teaching, and Telling…”

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