Donna's research began taking shape during her doctoral studies between 2000 and 2004. Her work specifically focused upon how youth in underrepresented contexts adopt and employ digital media technologies to document, question, and analyze their local situations. Working in and around technology, youth make visible their knowledges, their approaches to learning, and their expriences that inform thier ways of seeing the world. Drawing upon theoretical frames of media studies (Hammer & Kellner, 2009; Hall, 1996), critical pedagogy (Freire, 1970) and Transformative Praxis (Smith, 2004), Donna's research sought to leverage media technologies to afford youth the opportunity to see themselves as part of directing their own learning and for educators to gain insight into how youth connect with their local context. Through various iterations of the work in Philadelphia, Patterson, NJ, the Dominican Republic, and Dorchester, MA, Donna began to solidify a flexible and adapable pedagogical model that was created alongside the youth with who she works. This work subsequently materialized into the nonprofit organization called Unlocking Silent Histories. Here is are highlights, in reverse order, of her projects.