Professional Development


Professional Development

Through the Brodhead Service Fellowship, our cohort engaged in several professional development workshops. During one of these workshops, we took the Catalyst Strengths Profile which allowed us to identify our professional strengths and weakness, including strengths of which we might not be aware. Additionally, we learned how to improve upon our weaknesses by connecting them to our strengths. For example, my strengths include explaining concepts concisely and using humor to connect with people. However, I am not a great verbal storyteller because I get caught up in details and lose people. Through the workshop, I learned how to improve upon my weakness in verbal storytelling by utilizing my strengths in explaining things concisely and incorporating more humor.

My mentor Andrea PatiƱo helped me to think about engaging with documentary work in the context of my Indigenous community. For centuries, we as Indigenous peoples have not been able to tell our own stories. Andrea helped me to conceptualize the importance of this work in the context of Oklahoma. She also helped me to understand more about the role of a producer in the world of journalism and smaller-scale documentary production. For example, while a producer in film or television may handle a specific task and is under a director, a producer in journalism or small-scale documentary handles all the work of a director in addition to overseeing a media piece to completion. Andrea also helped me to think through the ethics of doing documentary work about my community. Since I did not grow up in my tribal community, I had to make sure that I was not speaking over the people from within my community while trying to best offer my perspective as a Chickasaw person.