Project Description

Steven James Mockler

DLINQ-West Intern

Steven James Mockler hails from Ocean Springs, MS and received a dual degree in International Relations and Mandarin from the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, MS. He is currently a part of the DLINQ-West intern team and is a Masters of International Education and Public Administration dual degree candidate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Steven embarked on his education career as an intern at the University Museum at the University of Mississippi. He had the opportunity to work with young people from all over the state and see the incredible impact that art had on young peoples’ lives. It also opened his eyes, however, to the profound injustices that can permeate our society. Going from wealthy donor tours to school buildings with crumbling walls, he was often shocked and resolved himself to use his future career to fuse his passions for beauty, education, and justice. After graduating, he served two AmeriCorp terms, one as a VISTA for the University Museum and then another as the Sixth Grade ELA Content Lead for Great Oaks Charter School in New York, New York.

Steven discovered DLINQ on a campus tour and knew he had to find a way to become a part of its unique and challenging mission. His experiences in the art room and the classroom showed him the power that digital learning and inquiry could have for learners of all ages and his desire to also help prepare the next generation in the digital age. Steven’s interests include graphic design, brainstorming, being kind, taking risks, and helping connect DLINQ visitors to the resources and ideas that will serve them best.