I actively increase the digital imprint of Indigenous narratives through digital stories. Below are selected videos I have created and a few collaboration projects. I was the director and leading content creator for The SOAR HIGHER video, which showcases the Native Student Outreach Access and Resiliency (SOAR) Indigenous mentoring program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I served the program in various capacities for over 10 years. The rumor is that the White House would have selected our SOAR HIGHER video submission for Michelle Obama's Near-Peer Mentoring Challenge. Still, the University of Arizona's 2015 graduation commencement conflicted with Mrs. Obama's schedule. So, our video was not chosen as the winner. Mrs. Obama sent us a letter from the White House thanking us for our submission...we felt special! The Indigenous Educators Unite (IEU) Dear Indigenous Students video is a collaboration with Arizona educators. We made this video at the onset of the pandemic to encourage Indigenous students. The remaining videos showcase various experiences I have encountered.
SOAR HIGHER: Tradition Meets New Knowledge-2015 First Lady Near-Peer Challenge
Selected Digital Stories
As mentioned, I served in various roles with the Native SOAR program at the University of Arizona. For over eight years, I served as one of the instructors for the three-unit undergraduate service-learning class. From 2014 until 2021, I taught hundreds of college students, especially Indigenous undergraduates, how to share their narratives through digital stories and photography. Now, the Native SOAR YouTube channel has hundreds of stories featuring students' narratives, especially stories from Indigenous storytellers.Below are selected digital stories from previous Native SOAR students I mentored.