The Team

Founding members of the Santa Ana Youth (SAY) Media Project

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez

Jorge F. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Integrated Educational Studies program within the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. His interests include the role that culture and power play within school systems, and communities across the United States. His work explores the politics of knowledge, centering narratives, history and context often left out within the dominant Identity and ideology of the country. Jorge is passionate about creating spaces for youth and students around social justice, self-determination, and cultural resistance. His teaching and research experience demonstrate his ability to both create culturally relevant pedagogy, while operationalizing into programing, praxis.

Yenni Diaz

Charlie McMann joined SAY Media Project with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.

Karen Garcia

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Jordan Parker is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.

Marisa Brugger

Marisa Brugger is a current student at Chapman University. She is pursuing a degree in Film Production with a minor in Integrated Educational Studies. Marisa joined the SAYMP team because she wanted a way to combine both her studies; she feels as this is a great opportunity to combine her two greatest passions together. She has previously worked on many narrative films and wants to delve deeper into another mode of storytelling.

Marisa is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is excited to learn more about the city and community of Santa Ana throughout this process. As an outsider, she wants to hear about the stories of others and give everyone a voice.

Linn Tang

Linn is a Theatre and Education double major at Chapman University. They are involved in creative writing, photography, music, and theatre arts, while dabbling in other art forms as well. One of Linn's many life goals is to improve accessibility to arts education in underserved communities, because they are a strong believer in the power of combining art and education to open minds and broaden horizons. Art is how they began, and continue, to claim their space in the world. Through SAYMP, Linn is motivated to give youths a creative and influential outlet to express themselves and represent one of the youngest, and arguably one of the most significant, cities in the United States.

 

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