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ISHF awarded $29,800 Kirkpatrick Grant for "What is home? Initiative

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Kirkpatrick grant to fund, "What is Home?" project

The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, in collaboration with Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, has received a $29,800 grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation to support "What is Home?," a digital storytelling project involving students from Norman High School and Clinton High School.

In fall 2020, a point person and a mentor from each school will select committees of 3 faculty at each school, who will design a process for students to apply for the project. After reviewing the applications, the faculty committees at each school will select 10 students to participate in the project. After selection, students will begin the process of storyboarding (planning the video). They will work on editing 5-10-minute videos on the topic of "What is Home?" during the spring semester. OU students, supervised by Lee Reynolds of  Gaylord College, will mentor either individual high school students or groups. We anticipate trips to OU for high schoolers to visit Gaylord College. Participating students, faculty, and OU mentors will complete pre-and post-surveys to gauge the impact of the project. Data will be compiled, analyzed, and reported by the ISHF. The project will culminate in a day-long event to showcase students' work.” 

OU Campus Visit

On March 8, students from Clinton and Norman High Schools visited Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication as part of the "What is Home? Digital Storytelling Project."  The project, generously funded by the Kirkpatrick Foundation, is a collaborative effort between the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, Gaylord, and the two high schools.  The project seeks to enhance students' digital storytelling skills while cultivating the virtues of creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, and perseverance.  Students visiting Gaylord listened to presentations by Dean Ed Kelley, Dr. Nancy Snow, and Mike Boettcher.  They were given a tour of Gaylord and were encouraged to consider careers in journalism and mass communication at OU.   


"I am so excited for this project, to collaborate with the OU ISHF and the Gaylord College, and for such an amazing opportunity for our students." - Ashley Kelley, Clinton High School