Sonia Chaidez


Instructional Media Designer
Whittier College, 2008 to Present

Hispanic Serving Institutions Project Coordinator
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2006 to 2008

Media Production Specialist | Instructional Technologist
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1998 to 2005


M.A., History, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2004
Coursework focus: using digital media to do historical analysis

B.A., Communication, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1998


Digital Storytelling                     Education Technology
Digital Humanities                     Mapping, Augmented & Virtual Reality


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

“Digital Literacy for Parents”
Whittier City School District Parent Academy, Keynote Speaker,
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, 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),
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


California Listens Digital Storytelling Workshops with StoryCenter, 2018
Digital Humanities @ Guelph, Digital Storytelling for Humanists, 2018
Digital Storytelling Guidebook, Author, 2017
Community-Based Digital Storytelling Workshop Series;
Whittier Public Library, Whittier Historical Society, Whittier YMCA,
2017 to 2018
Digital Humanities @ Claremont Colleges Summer Institute, 2017
Study Abroad Denmark, Embedded Technologist, 2016
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, Digital Liberal Arts, 2013 to 2017
Digital Pedagogy Labs for Faculty, 2014 to 2017
Expanding Digital Literacies, Workshop Series at SPIRITT Family Services with Whittier College’s Social Work Department, 2016
Expanding Digital Literacies, Workshop Series at The Boys & Girls Club with Whittier College’s Education 5th Dimension Program, 2015 to 2018
Teaching with Technology Faculty Workshop Series, Whittier College,
2009 to 2013
Department of Defense Grant, Designing 21st Century Classrooms,
2009 to 2011
Information Literacy Web-Based Tutorials with ADA Section 508 Compliance, San Jose State Library & Information Science Program,
2008 to 2009


Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) Institutional Repository Sub-Committee, 2018 to Present
Digital Humanities Annual Conference, Mexico City, 2018
Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship (ILiADS), 2017
Greenleaf Slam for Student Digital Scholarhsip, 2016 to Present
Digital Initiatives Symposium, University of San Diego, 2016, 2018
Digital Pedagogy Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
Educational Resources Committee, Whittier College, 2014 to 2017
Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Canada
Wearable Technologies, 2017
Models for Digital Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges, 2015
Augmented Reality, 2014
Teaching Professor Technology Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2013
StoryCenter Facilitator Workshop, New Orleans, LA, 2013
SCELC Grant Recipient for Association of Colleges & Research Libraries, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
Center for Digital Storytelling Workshop, Pasadena, CA, 2009


Spanish: read, write, translate

Professional Documentary Production

We Don’t Play Golf Here(2008)
Camera, editor, co-filmmaker credit with Saul Landau.
Documentary focusing on globalization and environmental issues throughout Mexico.
Awards: Roxie Award for Best Activist Video, October 2008
Smogdance Film Festival Audience Award, April 2009
Check it out on Link TV
Watch on Vimeo.

Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place (2003)
Camera, editor, co-filmmaker credit with Saul Landau and Farrah Hassen.
Documentary covering politics in the Middle East along with historical, cultural, and women’s issues in Syria.
See on Round World Productions
Watch on Vimeo.

Iraq: Voices from the Streets (2002)
Camera, editor, co-filmmaker credit with Saul Landau.
Documents a U.S. Congressional visit to Iraq in September 2002 amidst the impending war.
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Maquila: A Tale of Two Mexicos(2000)
Camera, Editor, co-filmmaker credit with Saul Landau.
Documentary exploring corporate globalization issues in Mexico as told by maquiladora officials, women factory workers and the EZLN’s Subcomandante Marcos.
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.
Watch on Culture Unplugged

Cuba Today: A Student Journey (2000)
Camera, Editor
Video journal documenting a student exchange trip to Havana, Cuba in June 2000.

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

Hot Talk with Saul Landau(1997-2003)
Technical Director, Editor
Weekly half-hour commentaries for Pacifica Radio and WorldLink TV.
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Life Ain’t No Crystal Stair(1999)
Camera, Editor
An 18-minute dramatic film designed to stimulate dialogue by exploring a stereotypes and misconceptions about different ethnic groups. Written by Renford Reese, featuring actor Romany Malco.
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FutureWatch On-Air/On-line(1997-2000)
Reporter, Camera
Academic programming on health, science and technology.
Episode 120: Wearable Technology
Episode 124: Java
Episode 126: Millennium Jet