The SUNY New Paltz DASH Lab and DASH Club are launching a podcast series that aims to cultivate a space to share our stories. The theme of this project is “I am/ We are… SUNY New Paltz.”

The premise is simple:
You have a story to tell. We want to hear your story.

The DASH Lab will host a podcast narration/script writing workshop and provide a few guidelines to help you write, record and share your story. With the help of both faculty on the DASH board as well as the DASH Lab interns and DASH Club members, you will be provided with opportunities to get feedback on your script (from DASH Board members),  assistance with recording (by DASH Lab interns), and much hands-on help with the sound editing (DASH Club) and submission of your final podcast.

Final projects will be revealed on May 9th, 2018.

SUNY New Paltz is a liberal arts college in the Hudson Valley. According to the university’s “At a Glance” page, thirty-four percent of the undergraduate student population are students of color. Undergraduates come from forty-five foreign countries. Sixty-one percent of students are female; thirty-nine percent are male.  But SUNY New Paltz is made up of more than these data points and demographics.

At the heart of our community are  students, faculty and staff, each with their own backgrounds and experiences, perspectives and stories.

Especially in a divisive world, storytelling and sharing becomes a means for building community and recognizing our humanity. The sharing of our personal experiences are powerful means to connect on a human level. Our stories can highlight how larger scale ideas or events are experienced at the individual level. Sharing our stories provides us with an opportunity to go beyond superficial understandings of an issue, place and community-to learn more about the rich perspectives and experiences that make up the fabric of our campus and local communities.

Podcast Guidelines:

The topic of your podcast is up to you.  We want to hear stories, small moments of insight into your experience, background, aspirations, inspirations, and/or challenges you have faced – in the past, present… as well as your hopes (and/or fears) for the future.

We wish to honor and  respect multiple lived experiences. The narrative is yours to tell. Our role is to provide assistance and support to create a podcast that reflects you and your story.  Submissions can be anonymous. 

No experience necessary. All it takes is having a story to share.

Podcast episodes should be no more than five (5) minutes long (approximately 750 words – or less).

To sign up and let us know you’re interested, fill out the registration below.

Sources of inspiration:

Here are some example stories that might serve as an example or source of inspiration about the diverse array of stories you might share!

StoryCorps Historias is an initiative to record the diverse stories and life experiences of Latinos in the United States.

StoryCorps Legacy provides people of all ages with serious illness and their families the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories.

StoryCorps OutLoud launched in 2014 on the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Dedicated to documenting and sharing stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people from across the United States.

StoryCorps Griot is an initiative to ensure that the voices, experiences, and life stories of African Americans will be preserved and presented with dignity.

Through the Justice Project, StoryCorps preserves and amplifies the stories of people who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration.

I am/We are… podcast submission timeline:

  1. Ongoing Registration (fill out the form below to let us know you’re interested and so that we can send you support materials!)
  2. Narration submissions (digital upload): March 29th
  3. Narration feedback (from the DASH Board): April 6th
  4. Recording by appointment/office hours: April 9-20th
  5. Sound editing (DASH Club): April 23-May 4th
  6. Final Submissions: May 4th
  7. I am/We are Podcast Listening Party! Wednesday, May 9th 2018
    Event Address: DASH Lab, M36 STL

Registration (please submit the form below):