As Dialogue on Race Louisiana has grown, so has our team! From Board members to staff to facilitators, we have a lot of talented people in our midst. If you are interested in learning about our team and what it is like to work with us, you’re in the right place. We hope this blog series is a fun way to tell you about our favorite memories, our least favorite chores, or what book we just can’t put down!

We’d like you to meet Ian Seaman, Dialogue on Race Louisiana’s Marketing Volunteer and a resourceful member of our team. Read on to learn more about him!

Tell us about yourself.

Hello, I am 24 years old, I grew up in a town called Columbia which sits between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. I moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University, and I have lived in the city over the past 5 years. I pursued a Bachelor’s in International Relations and International Development. After graduating I became a middle school math teacher at St. Rita Catholic school, where in March 2020 I became a virtual math teacher.

How did you first learn about DORLA?

The summer of 2020 I attended an Original Dialogues on Race series through my partner, who offered me the option of a dedicated space to talk about race, rather than assuming that any person of color would like to talk about race with me. Through that series I realized I knew so much less than I had presented myself knowing. After that I started getting involved through my series facilitators, who I look up to now as mentors and models as I work at DORLA.

What do you do at DORLA?

I am a volunteer for the DORLA social media team, which means I create content for social media, try to add ideas for our social media campaigns, and assist others in their tasks where I can. I also facilitate DORLA series. 

What do you like about working with DORLA?

It is my dream job, I get to do research and learn more and then put it all together and send it out to the world. I mean who wouldn’t want to do that? I am constantly learning and helping others to learn and to me there is nothing more fulfilling than that.

What is one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit? 

I am trying to make being creative a habit, where I give myself time and space to write, design, or just draw something that I am really passionate about, such as history or tiny houses.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love soccer. I watch it all the time, even while I am working (shh don’t tell Maxine). But seriously I get up at 6 in the morning sometimes to watch a game taking place in London. #ComeOnYouSpurs #ifyouknowyouknow

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

One of the best places I have traveled to is Brazil and to be specific it’s a city called Recife where I lived for a year in high school. City right by the beach where you could buy a coconut off the tree and shrimp just plucked out of the sea. Cape Town, South Africa is also a close second, one of the most beautiful places on the planet with a rich and captivating history.

What is your go to karaoke song?

Wait for It by Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton the Musical)

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a screenwriter, I know that’s oddly specific but I used to write movies as a kid with camera angles and such. It’s still a dream I like to think.

If you could magically become fluent in any language, what would it be?

Languages are a big thing for me, I speak 4 currently and would like to become fluent in Japanese before I teach English in Japan in the Fall. 

Are you an alumni that wants to volunteer with Dialogue on Race Louisiana? Send us an email at info@dialogueonracelouisiana.org to find out how you can get involved!