SONIA CHAIDEZ • @soniachaidez


Senior Instructional Technologist, Center for Teaching and Learning, Wardman Library

Whittier College                                          Whittier, CA                                            2008 to Present

Hispanic Serving Institutions Project Coordinator, University Library        

California State Polytechnic University                  Pomona, CA                                   2006 to 2008

Media Production Specialist, Department of Instructional Technology and Academic Computing

California State Polytechnic University                Pomona, CA                                  1998 to 2005


Master of Arts, History, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2004

Coursework focus: using digital media tools to do historical analysis

Bachelor of Science, Communication, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1998
                Coursework focus: broadcast journalism


Spanish: read, write, translate


•Libraries          •Education Technology          •Digital Storytelling        •Open Education
•Digital Media Making  •Digital Humanities        •Digital Literacy          •Augmented and Virtual Reality                


Campus Conversations on Scholarly Communications: Creating an Open Educational Resources Learning Community. Presenter via Webinar. June 9, 2020

“Digital Storytelling: Story Work for Urgent Times” by Joe Lambert and Brook Hessler
        Book chapter contributor on digital storytelling in education. March 2020

“Building a Community Learning Laboratory with Digital Storytelling; Multilingual & Intergenerational”
“Strategies & Pedagogies for Digital Storytelling in the Higher Education Classroom”
 (guest panelist)

        9th International Digital Storytelling Conference, Loughborough University, UK,  March 2020
        with Stephanie Carmona (Community Education Program Initiative)  POSTPONED to 2022

“Everyone Has a Story: How to Listen Deeply and Tell Stories in Your Community”
        American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C., June 23, 2019

with Joe Lambert (StoryCenter) and Nicole Schulert (Whittier Public Library)

“Building a Community Learning Laboratory Through Digital Initiatives”

        Digital Initiatives Symposium, University of San Diego,  April 30, 2019
        with Stephanie Carmona (Community Education Program Initiative)

“Digital Media Making for Communities: Preserving Family Histories”

        Whittier Area Literacy Council, Whittier, CA, February 20, 2019

“Integrating Digital Storytelling into Education Programs”
        Faculty Development Workshop, Palomar Community College, January 25, 2018

“Implementation Stories: Successes and Struggles in Digital Programming”
Modern Languages Association, New York City, January 4, 2018

“Digital Literacy for Parents” Keynote Speaker
        Whittier City School District Parent Academy, Whittier, CA, January 21, 2017

Digital Storytelling: The Vehicle to Build 21st Century Literacy Skills”
        Relato Digital Storytelling International Conference 
University of Valencia, Spain, March 21, 2012

Digital Storytelling: The Circuit to Build 21st Century Literacy Skills”

National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE),
Depauw University, Greencastle, IN, June 21, 2010

Building 21st Century Literacy Skills Through Digital Storytelling”
        Educause Learning Initiative, Austin, TX, January 19, 2010

Managing Collaborations and Creating Solutions: IT, Librarians, and Student Judicial Affairs Jointly Addressing Academic Integrity Issues”

Educause Regional Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 15, 2009

“E-Information Literacy for First Year Students”

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Conference

Chicago, IL, October 22, 2007

Engaging the American Mind: International Education in the Post-September Eleventh World”

        California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, April 26, 2002



•Wearable Technologies, 2017
        •Models for Digital Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges, 2015
        •Augmented Reality, 2014

SELECT DIGITAL TOOLS ________________________________________________________________________________________

WordPress  •Moodle  •WeVideo  •FinalCut Pro  •Adobe Creative Suite  •Audacity  •Camtasia    •VoiceThread  •Google Maps  •Esri Story Maps  •ArcGIS Online  •LayAR  •TimelineJS  


"We Don’t Play Golf Here" (2008)
        Camera, Editor

Documentary focusing on globalization and environmental issues in Mexico.
Co-filmmaker credit with Saul Landau

Awards: Roxie Award for Best Activist Video, 2008

Smogdance Film Festival Audience Award, 2009

Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place" (2003) 
        Camera, Editor

Documentary covering politics in the Middle East along with historical, cultural, and women’s issues in Syria.  
Co-filmmaker credit with Saul Landau and Farrah Hassen

Iraq: Voices from the Streets" (2002)
        Camera, Editor

Documents a U.S. Congressional visit to Iraq in September 2002 amidst the impending war.  Co-filmmaker credit with Saul Landau

Cuba Today: A Student Journey" (2000)
        Camera, Editor

Video journal documenting an academic exchange trip to Havana, Cuba
in June 2000.

Maquila: A Tale of Two Mexicos" (2000) 

Camera, Editor
Documentary exploring corporate globalization issues in Mexico as told by maquiladora officials, women factory workers and the EZLN's Subcomandante Marcos.  
Co-filmmaker credit with Saul Landau
Awards: WorldFest Houston Bronze Award for Short Subject Film and Video
Cine Sin-Fin East Los Angeles Chicano/a Film Festival Award for Best Documentary Smogdance Film Festival Award for Best U.S. Made Spanish Language Film

Nader” (2000)

Camera, Editor
Ralph Nader’s campaign spots for public television during the 2000 presidential election.

“East L.A. Classic Theater” Public Service Announcement (2000)

Camera, Editor

For air on Los Angeles based ABC stations featuring actor Tony Plana.

Five Days in March(1999)


Documentary directed by Academy Award winning cinematographer
Haskell Wexler featuring Cuban and American musicians at the Music Bridges Concert in Havana, Cuba in March 1999.

Camera credit for “Who Needs Sleep?” (2006) A film by Haskell Wexler

The Hague Appeal for Peace(1999)


Documentary on a world affairs and disarmament conference held in The Hague, Netherlands featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Queen Noor of Jordan and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Same River Twice: A Telenovela(1998-2000)

Camera, Screenwriter, Editor

Serial drama addressing social issues facing communities in suburban Los Angeles.  

Episode 1 “Do It Pomona Style” won Inland California Filmmakers Award at Smogdance Film Festival 1999

Episode 2 “Life Is Good” won Inland California Filmmakers Award at Smogdance Film Festival 2000

Life Ain’t No Crystal Stair(1999)

Camera, Editor
An 18-minute dramatic film designed to stimulate dialogue by exploring stereotypes and misconceptions about different ethnic groups. Written by Renford Reese, featuring actor Romany Malco.

Hot Talk with Saul Landau(1997-2003)

Technical Director, Editor

Weekly half-hour commentaries for Pacifica Radio and WorldLink TV.

FutureWatch On-Air/On-line(1997-2000)

Reporter, Camera

Academic programming on health, science and technology in partnership with Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA.