A picture is worth a thousand words.
Students will use this opportunity to share the stories of where they call home. They will use their iPads to take a photo of the spaces around them and think about what stories those images tell others about their life leading up to the journey to NKU. What has life been like during the summer of 2020? What leads you to your journey to NKU?
Each photo will be accompanied with a short 100-150 word story. The faculty and staff team who are involved in this project are also uploading their own photos and stories to the social media accounts.
These initial stories and photos will include the hashtags: #humansofgreatercincinnati #journeytonku2020 #beanorse
On the evening of Wednesday, August 19th at 7:30pm, students, faculty, and staff will meet together via Zoom to share their stories and meet one another as their journey at NKU begins in earnest.
In addition to meeting the team who are working on this project, the students will also participate in small breakout sessions to meet students from across NKU ROCKS and the Honors College who are participating in this project by using their iPads to facilitate this online meeting.
In the spirit of the Humans of New York series, students will seek to capture their own story at NKU by taking a self-portrait (or having someone else take their photograph) and telling their story.
These short photo-essays will allow students to get to one another before working together on the next stages of this project. It will also allow them to share their stories with a broader community and learn about the diverse experiences of their fellow NKU students who join us from across the globe.
Students will work in groups of 4-5 to interview someone at or around NKU and share their stories. The goal here is to shed light on the “Unsung Heroes” of the university. Who are the people that make NKU run? Who are the unsung people who don’t receive the recognition that they deserve? How has the pandemic and changes in how our university operates affected their lives? What stories do they have to tell? What can we learn from their experiences?
Student groups will capture a photograph of their unsung hero and correspond with them to tell their story. After the beginning of the semester, we will share more details about this activity, as well as provide students with resources and training to conduct interviews and craft the stories of NKU’s unsung heroes.
Through the previous activities, students will learn valuable skills about telling the stories of people though the power of photographs and short story. In this next phase of the project, which will take place when the pandemic allows, involves students working alongside faculty and staff to tell the stories of people across Greater Cincinnati. The project is focused on three distinct communities: Newport, Covington, and Over-the-Rhine. By learning about the places in which they live and study, our goal is to connect the students’ classroom experience to the needs of the region.