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Our Work

During the summer of 2019 a group of community members and students from Santa Ana, CA, came together with students and a faculty from Chapman University. This project will explore the larger Orange County and Santa Ana racial and educational context as well as display first-hand narratives from youth. These youth narratives will socially contextualize the larger social and economic dynamics that position the youth of Santa Ana within a deficit narrative.

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Uprooting Police Violence: George Floyd Protest, Orange, CA (2020)

On May 30, 2020, our team documented a peaceful protest against the police violence that has caused the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless other black lives. Supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, this protest took place in Orange, California, among hundreds of other nation-wide protests that have taken place within the past couple weeks.

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Chapman students were paired with High School Students to produce a film festival called the “The Roots of our Food”, the project asked students to document the origin stories with their families regarding their food. The virtual event invited community members, parents Chapman dignitaries to demonstrate the films produced. The event was a success, hosted more that 50 participants beyond our classroom.


SAYMP Members and Chapman scholars, Silvia Miranda Jazmin and Wendy Medina Herrera, created a short documentary on Downtown Santa Ana's newest mural "The Birds". Local high school and Cal State Fullerton students, under the guide of community member Moises Camacho, painted the mural representing Santa Ana's beautiful diversity through birds.

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