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Shared Stories Lab

**This VIP is paused and will not be accepting students for Fall 2024.** 

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

What if we could create a sense of belonging on campus by inviting each other to share our stories? By participating in the Shared Stories Lab, you can explore the campus community by developing story-sharing spaces that will allow us to get a glimpse of the life events that brought us all to Boise State. Come contribute to the process of understanding our community as we collect, record, and showcase our fellow Broncos’ stories.

By asking the simple question “how did you get here?”… we can generate deeper empathy, cooperation, and understanding of our Boise State community.

“A compelling story with an emotional trigger alters our brain chemistry, making us more trusting, understanding, and open to ideas.” Paul Zak, Neuroscientist, Claremont Graduate University

Visit the project’s website at Shared Stories Lab/ for more details.

Experiences Gained

Work on a team of collaborative researchers exploring the impact of story sharing on student retention and campus climate.

  • Interviewing
  • Listening
  • Project Planning
  • Database Creation
  • Grant Writing
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Database development

Majors Needed

  • any student with an interest in student success or campus life.
  • Marketing
  • English
  • Computer Science
  • Anthropology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Education
  • Public Administration
  • Communication
  • Sociology

VIP Coach Information

Jill Heney is co-director of the Boise State Collaborative for Teaching Writing Online and is an instructor of English with a background in Nonfiction, First Year Writing, literature, and student success initiatives. Tiffany Hitesman is an instructor of English with a background in academic advising, Nonfiction, First Year Writing, and literature.

Course Information

Full semester course.
1-2 credits for VIP 200, VIP 400, or VIP 500.
Team meetings: Friday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Tiffany Hitesman or Jill Heney OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions Add with a permission number