Alex Yijia Ding (Ode to the City-Chicago project leader) is a researcher and student at the University of Chicago studying Race/Ethnic Studies and Anthropology. Alex is the recipient of the Dalai Lama Fellowship, Davis Project for Peace Award, Pozen Center for Human Rights Fellowship, and Center for the Study of Race, Culture, and Politics Research Award. An aspiring scholar, journalist, and filmmaker, Alex is currently an editorial intern at In These Times magazine. In her spare time, Alex enjoys community organizing, radical politics, reading, laughing really loudly, and cooking with friends. Alex resides in Hyde Park, but like Bob Dylan and Cocoa Puffs, she is a product of Minnesota.