Columbia College Chicago
Master in Fine Arts – Film and Video w/ Documentary Concentration
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Bachelor in Arts – Cinema and Photo w/ Theatre Minor
William Rainey Harper College
Associates in Arts

Teaching Experience:
Community TV Network – Video Instructor (2009 – Present)
Taught video production and media literacy to underprivileged youth through a partnership with Alternative Schools Network and CTVN.
After School Matters – Video Instructor (2011 – 2012)
Recruited and lead apprentices through 10-week video programs through a partnership with Chicago Public Schools and CTVN
Columbia College Chicago – Adjunct Faculty (2009 – 2010)
Taught foundation courses, Production 1, Production 2 and Moving Image Production 2
 Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary – Teacher’s Assistant (2008 – 2009)
Advised students about technical and narrative aspects of their projects
World Youth Day – Video Team Leader (2005)
Trained and led a team of young Catholics on a 2-week pilgrimage to Germany

Participation and Affiliations:
The Contreras-Gabriel Project (2011)
Co-founded a curatorial website with a focus on contemporary art and documentary
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (2004-2012)
Completed a documentary about their voter registration campaign in 2004 and screened at the Uniting America exhibit during their Illinois Immigrant Integration Summit
After School Matters Professional Development Conference (2011)
Learned new ways of engaging students using techniques developed over 25 years of ASM.
Illinois Leadership Council (2011)
Spoke to over 100 high school students about the role of diversity in my life.
People Made Visible (2011)
Collaborated on The Keepers Community Garden in West Chicago, IL
College Arts Association (2009-2012)
Represented Columbia College at the Trade Fair and volunteered as projectionist
University Film and Video Association (2008-2010)
Screened and presented critical responses at two of their annual conferences
Viva Documentary – Student organization (2008-2010)
Created an online hub for documentary film students. Organized a gathering of students, faculty and alumni. Aggregated student feedback to documentary department chair
Big Muddy Film Festival – Southern Illinois University (2003-2004)
Was part of the core committee that planned, promoted and executed one of the oldest, student-run film festivals in the United States.


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