Mr. Mendoza began working with Project Advance as a part-time graphic designer in 2006; shortly thereafter he began working as a full-time team member, coming fully on-board in 2011. He is responsible for videography, photography, video editing, video conversion, compression, DVD construction and authoring, and web and graphic design.

Prior to coming to Syracuse University in 2004 to pursue a master’s degree in film production with a full graduate assistantship, Mendoza worked as a library technician at the Native American Rights Fund’s National Indian Law Library in Boulder, CO, where he received his B.F.A. in film production and a B.A. in studio arts with a concentration in photography from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Mendoza is a mixed-blood Native American Interdisciplinary Media Artist, exhibiting internationally. His work is part of various educational institutions, museums, galleries and private collections. It engages issues of Native American identity, cultural appropriation, and representations in media. He is also an educator in the Native American community who has presented papers at the annual Hawai’i International Conference on Arts and Humanities and the Native American Indigenous Studies Conference. Mendoza is a member of the Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), the College Arts Association (CAA), and the American Studies Association (ASA).