Coordinated as part of a Department of Education Title 6 grant a traveling exhibition composed of reproduced archival maps from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. Exhibitions were then shipped to partners at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and South Texas College in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. In addition digital workshops and lesson plans were developed to be shared and presented at our partner institution’s campuses.
Together with an amazing group of women across the country, I helped coordinate a conference track at the annual Allied Media Conference. This track focuses on community-based historical storytelling and archiving can empower, and create representations that affirm, support, and create a spirit of self-worth for marginalized communities. Community stories offer lessons from the past, connections to the present, and insight for the future. The Disrupting Mainstream History Track will explore how to produce, retain, preserve, and reuse community stories in support of efforts for justice, liberation, and social good. The track will explore accessible tools to save, document, and share community stories. Through dialogue, panels, workshops, screenings, and meet-ups, participants will build relationships, develop preservation practices and skills, and gain insights into various efforts to document and share community stories. Some of the coordinator tasks included fundraising, session selection and outreach, promotions, and track envisioning.
Coming Out of the Archives archival Exhibit – co-curator, Spring 2017.
Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin
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Coming Out of the Archives showcases the papers, photographs, and personal effects of individuals whose lives in some way intersected with queer identity or sensibility. Curated by students who conducted research in the Harry Ransom Center’s collections, the materials highlight queer domestic lives and offer often ephemeral glimpses of the intimacies that fostered extended social circles and public cultures.
Esperanza y Memorias Moving Image Digitization Project – Archival Consultant,
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 2015 – Present.
Co-wrote and consulted on the Esperanza y Memorias digitization and online portal project as part of a Media Grant from Humanities Texas. Directly assisted with grant writing, digitization and digital management research, and final project evaluation. Grant project focused on digitizing the Esperanza’s roughly 500 VHS formatted videos of captured institutional history. Constructed an online resource page, collection finding aid, and developed access and usage policy.
The collective work of eleven graduate students and one History professor at The University of Texas at Austin. In the Spring of 2016, students participated in a Public History course offered in the Department of History. Seminar students studied various methods and forms of public history. The final project focused on producing a public history of the mass shooting that Charles Whitman carried out at UT Austin on August 1, 1966.
Website Archiving Business Plan — Co-Investigator,
University of Texas School of Information, Fall 2015.
In a student led project, a group of graduate students in an Introduction to Electronic and Digital Records course investigated the best practices of preserving future versions of the iSchool’s institutional website. Documented the previous processes of archiving older versions of the website and drafted long term recommendations on how to implement future captures.
CineMujer Film Festival: Radical Women series – co-curator and co-organized
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, March 2014.
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Co-coordinated the 2014 CineMujer film festival hosted by the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center focusing on a select group of women including Angela Davis, Grace Lee Boggs, Antonia Pantoja, Anne Braden, Mercedes Sosa, and Audre Lorde.
Hogar de Niños San Nektario in San Pedro Sula, Honduras – Photographer and Volunteer
Dog Meets World Photo Diplomacy Project, Summer 2010.
Dog Meets World empowers travelers to make real connections to people in other cultures, in essence to become photo-diplomats. A picture makes anybody a “somebody.” I traveled to Honduras to volunteer at a children’s shelter. I coordinated various activities with the children including art, photography, and English classes as well as coordinating sporting events.