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University Courses

Creating Community Media – Curating Public Histories

University of California, Davis, 2011
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My World Cup
Study Abroad Program South Africa
University of Washington, Seattle, 2010
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The Chicano Movement
Chicano/a Studies
University of California Davis, 2010
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Fashion, Globalization, & Advocacy Video
University of California Davis, 2004, 2005, 2006

Personal Essay Documentary

University of California Davis, 2005

Latino Community Media

University of California Santa Cruz, 2005

Using Media: Video Production & Community Change

University of California Santa Cruz, 2005

Community Media, Gender & Development

University of California Davis, 2002, 2003

Feminist Video Production: Making Media & Making Change

University of California Davis, 1999, 2000, 2003

Cinema and the American Jewish Experience 

University of California Davis, 1999, 2000

Community Workshops

Conn@ct Now Radio Initiative Northern Uganda, 2011 – 2012
A participatory radio training program helping young people use community radio to improve their lives and communities. Youth produced an hour-long radio program and presented it in villages to tribal chiefs, leaders and family.  (Training Director/ Facilitator)

Conn@ct Now Video Initiative South Sudan, 2011
A participatory video training program involving development workers from three provinces in the new South Sudan. The training built the capacity of organizational staff and community partners to support youth in making and presenting videos advocating community change. (Training Director/Facilitator) Watch Video

Conn@ct Now Media Initiative Sudan, 2010
A participatory media training program enabling young people in former war zones to use digital media to improve their lives and villages.  The training brought together youth and adults to learn how to use video and still cameras and create media on pressing local issues that were screened and discussed in community settings. (Training Director/Facilitator)

Capetown Community TV  South Africa, 2008
A community television training program for diverse young mediamakers.  Youth produced short videos that aired on the community media channel. (Training Director/Facilitator)

UNICEF Youth Radio Initiative Ethiopia, 2006 – 2007

A community radio training program that brought together youth and adult radio producers from three regions of Ethiopia to co-create radio programs targeting youth about HIV/AIDS prevention and education.  Participants produced 13 hour-long radio programs that aired around the country. (Training Director/Facilitator)

Communities Organizing Resources Sacramento, CA 2003
A summer media arts program for low income and immigrant youth.  Participants engaged in photography and video production and generated stories exploring ethnicity, family, and homelessness.  The youth productions were screened locally and used in a statewide program to increase academic achievement through out-of-school learning opportunities. (Creator/Facilitator)

Appalshop Media Arts Center Whitesburg, KY, 2002
Digital storytelling workshops examining the growing prison system in Appalachia involving former inmates, their families, and criminal justice advocates. The workshops produced stories aired on community radio and included in a web-based digital story quilt. (Co-producer/Facilitator)

Amy Biel Foundation South Africa, 2001
A community photography workshop for AIDS youth peer educators in a South African township. Participants generated photographs to use in their prevention projects and to show at the township museum. (Creator/Facilitator)

Appalshop Media Arts Center Whitesburg, KY, 2001
Community photography and video workshops involving students at a rural high school to be closed down. The project culminated in a youth-led presentation using their media productions to stimulate local problem solving regarding youth development needs and issues. (Director/Producer/Facilitator)

Davis Community Television Davis, CA, 1991-1996
Community television workshops on producing, directing, portable and studio production, editing, and media literacy.  Learners generated programs to air on the public access channel. (Training Coordinator/Facilitator)

Special Recreation Program West Sacramento, CA, 1995-1996
A community television training program for developmentally challenged adults.  Participants produced a TV magazine program to demystify their lifestyles, talents, and needs. (Director/Producer/Facilitator)

Richard Nelson Gallery ARTFriends Davis, CA, 1995
Media arts curriculum and workshops for continuation high school students.  Participants generated videos dealing with personal and social issues facing young women of color that aired on community television and a local museum. (Director/Producer/Facilitator)

City of Davis Historical Commission Davis, CA, 1994-1995
Video oral history curriculum and workshops to chronicle key moments and citizens in Davis history.  Participants created a video-oral history archive for city museum. (Director/Producer/Facilitator)

W. E. Mitchell Middle School Rancho Cordova, CA, 1994-1995
Documentary curriculum and workshops for HIV/AIDS middle school peer educators.   Students generated an hour-long video for the school’s public health week. (Director/Producer/Facilitator)

Martin Luther King High School Davis, CA, 1994
Media literacy curriculum and courses implemented across a continuation high school. Students produced a collection of short videos on personal, cultural, and community issues that screened at schools throughout the district. (Director/Producer/Facilitator)

Professional Training

Reel Change Agents Fellowship Program Marin, CA, 2007
A leadership development institute bringing together aspiring social justice filmmakers for five days of seminars, trainings, screenings, and discussions during the Bioneers conference. (Training Director/Facilitator)

Media Arts Leadership Institute Portland, OR, 2000–2006
An intensive five-day leadership development institute for members of the National Association for Media Arts & Culture. (Co-founder/Co-director/Facilitator)

Coaching on the Job Hilversum Holland, 2006
A week-long workshop for Bulgarian National Radio journalists on how to coach colleagues in developing and implementing production training modules. Organized by Radio Netherlands Training Center. (Creator/Facilitator)

Radio for Development Hilversum, Holland, 2005-2006
A seven-week online distance learning course for Ugandan journalists on community radio management and community development. Organized by Radio Netherlands Training Center. (Creator/Facilitator)

Designing Radio Training Hilversum, Holland, 2001-2004
A week-long workshop on developing community education programs for participants from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Organized by Radio Netherlands Training Center. (Creator/Facilitator)

Teaching Community Video Dublin, Ireland, 2002
A week-long workshop on developing and facilitating community television training courses for the Community Media Coop. (Creator/Facilitator)

Best Practices in Youth Media New York, NY, 2000, 2002
A one-day workshop on media education strategies involving 40 youth media trainers from around the U.S. and culminating in draft documents for publication. (Creator/Facilitator)

Facilitative Training New York, NY, 1999
A four-day workshop on facilitation principles and technical training strategies for trainers from community media organizations across New York City. (Creator/Facilitator)

Community Education Practices Cincinnati, OH, 1999
A one-day workshop on popular education principles and methods for Alliance for Community Media trainers. (Creator/Facilitator)

Building Community Media Dublin Ireland, 1998
A three-day workshop on participatory media practices for a European Union training project involving community media organizations throughout Ireland. (Creator/Facilitator)

Community Media Leadership Institute Portland, OR, 1997-1999
A five-day leadership development program for members of the Alliance for Community Media. (Co-founder/Co-director/Facilitator)

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