I Am UCF Digital Storytelling Initiative

“I Am UCF” is a cross-disciplinary effort to create digital stories representing the diverse narratives of the University of Central Florida campus body, spearheaded by faculty in the Theatre, Digital Media, English, and Writing and Rhetoric degree programs. Through I Am UCF, students share their unique stories using digital storytelling, a medium that fuses together writing, audio, visual, digital, and performative elements."I Am UCF" provides a comprehensive curriculum for the creation of digital stories emphasizing community, diversity, advocacy, and creative expression. This website serves as a platform for these projects in the form of a sortable campus map to celebrate the diverse and rich stories of our campus body.
 
Think about it ... 
 
How have Place and Identity been a part of your UCF experience? What do you want to share with the campus body about where you come from, and what makes your perspective unique? What brought you to UCF? How has your time at UCF changed you? And where you hope to go from here?  
 
Have an answer? Submit a video. 
 
I Am UCF is generously funded through the UCF Quality Enhancement Plan. 
 
Below are two example stories:  
 

Meet the Team:

FACULTY

Elizabeth Brendel Horn joined the faculty of UCF as an Assistant Professor in the graduate Theatre for Young Audiences program in Fall 2015. Her creative interests include race and diversity, body image, multimedia performance and digital storytelling, and devising. Elizabeth works as a freelance director, teaching artist, consultant, dramaturg, and applied theatre artist. Credits include the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA), Adventure Theatre and ATMTC Academy (Glen Echo, MD), The Coterie (Kansas City, MO), Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Dr Phillips Center for the Arts, and Orange County Public Schools. Recent projects include director of a youth-devised adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar fused with Bob Dylan music in the Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project, director of the new musical The Reckless Days of Robin Hood (The Coterie); director of “Once In My LIFE,” a multimedia intergenerational devised piece in collaboration with Interdiciplinary Studies and UCF’s Learning Institute for Elders; and co-founder and co-director of The Justice Project, a collaboration of UCF and Orlando Repertory Theatre to train male minority students in devising and theatre techniques, which the students then facilitate in a workshop with police officers to share stories and build community. Elizabeth serves on the boards of TYA/USA and Florida Theatre Conference (Theatre for Youth division chair) and is published with Theatre Topics, TYA Today, and Youth Theatre Journal. She holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from UCF and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Brenau University with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.

Dr. Natalie Underberg-Goode is Associate Professor of Digital Media and Folklore in the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design (this will change to the Nicholson School of Communication and Media as of July 1, 2018), where she is currently serving as Graduate Program Coordinator for the Digital Media M.A. degree. Underberg-Goode is also director of the UCF Digital Ethnography Lab, as well as core faculty in the Texts & Technology Ph.D. program.  Her research examines the use of digital media to preserve and disseminate folklore and cultural heritage, with a focus on digital storytelling and participatory new media design and practice.  She is author (with Elayne Zorn) of the book Digital Ethnography: Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media (University of Texas Press, 2013), editor of a special issue of the international journal Visual Ethnography  on Exploring Digital Ethnography through Embodied Perspective, Role-Playing and Community Participation and Design , as well as more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. She has been PI or co-PI on research and teaching grants and fellowships totaling over $200,000. These include two Florida Humanities Council, two Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs grants, The Strong Research Fellowship, and flow-through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her research has been presented at 25 national and international conferences, including the Bilan du Film Ethnographique seminar in Paris, France and the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA).  In addition to research, Dr. Underberg-Goode has developed core courses for the Digital Media and Latin American Studies programs and electives for the Film and Texts and Technology programs at UCF.  She has taught or teaches courses in a variety of areas including digital and interactive storytelling, research methods, video game history, and Latin American popular culture.  She has served her profession through such activities as co-organizing four international and three regional conferences, serving on the Department of State Bureau of Historic Preservation Florida Folklife Council, being digital stories and electronic literature curator for Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, and book reviews co-editor (for U.S. and Canada) for Visual Anthropology Review.

Dr. Stephanie Wheeler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric with a specialization in Cultural Rhetorics and Disability Studies. She is interested in tracing the historical and cultural legacies of eugenics in the places you’d least expect, including local legislation, Harry Potter, and Lady Gaga videos. In doing so, she uses that information to create inclusive and accessible locations, opportunities, and social practices.

 

STUDENT ASSISTANTS 

Mike Burke is a Master’s candidate in the University of Central Florida History Department and a recipient of the Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate. His research studies competing Civil War memories in the Mississippi Valley through textbooks and various primary sources, utilizing natural language processing and geospatial analysis to examine large corpora of textbooks and the narratives they present. Mike combines these computer science, social science, and traditional historical methods in order to provide new, interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the American Civil War. Mike spent most of his younger life in orchestras and other ensembles. His passion for fine arts and this interdisciplinary focus is what interested him in I Am UCF. Applying mapping and visualizations to the Arts allowed for Mike to expand his scope and support UCF’s Theatre Department.

PAST CONTRIBUTORS

Amanda Hill graduated with a Ph.D. in Texts & Technology from the University of Central Florida, where she worked with students and faculty in the creation of digital stories for I Am UCF. She is currently and Assistant Professor of Communication at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. She additionally holds an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Central Florida and a B.A. in Theatre from Susquehanna University.

 

 

Dr. Natasha N. Jones’s research interests include activism, social justice, narrative, and rhetoric in technical communication and technical communication pedagogy. Her work has been published in Technical Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, and Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design & Engineering Department (2012) and the winner of the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Outstanding Dissertation in Technical Communication Award.