Home Stories

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What is Home Stories?

Home Stories is a digital storytelling project that brings University of Maryland (UMD) undergraduates together with recent immigrant youth to reflect upon and produce digital stories of home. A key question guiding this project: What do 'home' and 'sanctuary' mean to you?

Why Home Stories?

A growing number of immigrant youth have sought homes, sanctuary, and reunion with families and friends in the long--‐standing Mexican and Central American communities near UMD. As they work to adapt to their new home—often with deep memories and nostalgia for what they have left behind— this project creates an opportunity for these newcomers to reflect upon and share their experiences.

Through Home Stories, UMD students collaborate with immigrant youth from local middle and high schools to write and produce their stories as multimedia narratives that can be shared with their families and communities and made available on a project website. This model, which will also be adapted for use with other immigrant groups, promotes self--‐reflection, critical thinking, and helps newcomers to develop language and technical skills necessary for their resettlement and growth.

Home Stories is led by Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and U.S. Latina/o Studies and Sheri L. Parks, Director of the UMD College of Arts and Humanities Center forSynergy.

Support Home Stories

We are excited to partner with Nando's Peri--‐Peri to support this critical work. You can support Home Stories by presenting this flyer at Nando's College Park on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Nando's will donate 40% of their fundraiser sales to this project. Every dollar raised will be matched by a grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

This is an important and timely project, rarely funded at this level, and we need your help to raise $50,000 by May 1, 2017 to secure the first year of NEH's award. Please consider contributing further and sharing our online donation page listed below. Be sure to mark all gifts: Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy



Thank you for helping to bring these stories home!


Dear Students and Colleagues,

As you might know, I recently received a $100K NEH Access Grant for a project called "Home Stories" to produce digital stories with child migrants and their families in the PG County Schools. Dr. Sheri Parks, ARHU Center for Synergy, is the Co-PI. An NEH Access Grant requires that the grantee first raise money, which the NEH will match. We have to raise $50K by May 1, 2017.

As you can imagine with the NEH on the chopping block and the project focusing on immigrant families and children (mostly  "newcomers"), the new administration would have no qualms getting rid of the project.

I write to you in the hopes that you might consider making a donation to support my project. Any amount would be helpful and gratefully appreciated. I can tell you more about it, if you like, but you can read about it here:


The Give page is here:



We will also be hosting a number of fundraising events, the first of which will take place at Nando's Peri-Peri at 7400 Baltimore Ave. in College Park on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 4:00-9:00 pm. Nando's will donate 40% of your purchase to our fundraiser. I have attached the flyer, which you must show in hard copy or on your mobile device at time of purchase. See FB for invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/313545035714442/

Later in the Spring, we will have another fundraiser at Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville, where part of proceeds will also go toward the project. Please share this email widely and let me know if you would like more information about "Home Stories.

Thank you!

Ana Patricia