Through Native SOAR (Student Outreach, Access and Resiliency), I have taught over 185 undergraduate students at the University of Arizona in Tucson how to create digital stories using iMovie on IOS devices. Native SOAR is a service-learning program where undergraduate students enroll in a three unit course and learn about the systematic infrastructure of Native American students in the educational pipeline. As part of the class, students mentor Native American high school students in Southern Arizona.
Digital stories is a technique that showcase students' service-learning and in-class experiences. In particular, students who identify as Native American not only demonstrate the impact of their mentoring experience, they provide viewers a glimpse into their rich, cultural heritage and journey through higher education.
Most notably, in 2015, I led a eight-person team to create a video submission for the Michelle Obama Near-Peer Mentoring Challenge. Our video received national recognition from the White House. Additionally, the Office of Admissions and other departments at the University of Arizona use these Native SOAR digital stories as a recruitment tool to engage future Wildcats.
Enjoy watching these digital stories! More videos can be found on the Native SOAR YouTube page.