Donna DeGennaro

Donna DeGennaro is the founder and director of Unlocking Silent Histories, a nonprofit that creates spaces for indigenous youth to critically analyze how they are represented in the media and to produce documentaries from the youths’ perspectives. Donna obtained her PhD in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  Since obtaining her degree, she has been working with youth in informal learning environments in the US and abroad. Her research bridges theory and practice and has developed into a technology-mediated, youth driven pedagogy that fosters youth voice & agency.  This unique and organic learning model is now the foundational philosophy of USH.  Donna’s commitment to indigenous populations began in Guatemala, where she witnessed youth capturing their languages and cultures.

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