Warning! Materials May be Unsettling: Sensitive AV Materials in Archives – Moderator/Presenter
Association of Moving Image Archivist Conference, New Orleans, LA Fall 2017

Audiovisual archives at times capture real life traumatic events that may be triggering or distasteful. Other materials may be disturbing by design. Management of these types of collections can oftentimes face reduced desire for preservation, a lack of users, or limited funding opportunities. As a result vulnerable collections may risk deterioration and loss.


Crossing Borders: Why Archival Science Students Benefit from Interdepartmental and Transdisciplinary Coursework – Co-Presenter

Archival Education and Research Institute, Toronto, Canada, July 2017

This session used reflections to provide a window to a deeper cognizance of how archival pedagogy can benefit from incorporating observational components — especially in environments that encapsulate a diversity of possible users. Presenters built on the experience of being enrolled as graduate students in an upper division undergraduate course titled “Queer Archives” taught by Professor Ann Cvetkovich at the University of Texas at Austin. Through a multidisciplinary and multi generational class environment, students conducted archival research using Queer theory to guide the coursework objectives. The teachings within this sort of environment speak to issues beyond the scope of the course including the ways graduate students receive exposure to other disciplines and other professional trainings, as well as to the different perceptions of archives, archival materials, and the archival profession from non archivists.


Radical Shared History Online Portal Meet Up Session – Facilitator
Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI, June 2017

This session presented at the 2017 Allied Media Conference brought attention to the fact that people continue to connect across the globe at an alarming speed. Now the possibility of using technology to connect the countless stories manifested in community archival materials feels like a click away. This dinner meetup brought together a small group of community archival repositories, archivists, developers, designers, and potential users such as researchers, artists, and educators to discuss and imagine different projects that could result in online digital archives portals.


Digital Keepers: Ethics of Saving Online Data About Latin American Social Movements – Presenter

Among its many faces, challenges and particular contexts, Latin America is a rich universe of different cultures, knowledges and rhythms. But it is possible to find in its extensive ground a singularity that makes it continuous: resistance. The strength of its people marching for rights, social justice and occupying positions of power is the light that never goes out and that guides the direction of opposition to oppressive policies. Many social movements and projects of resistance have emerged in the continent demanding social change, and democracy. Some current examples of voices for change include, among others, Brazil with “Fora Temer”, Guatemala and “JusticiaYa”, and Colombia and its peace process. The ILASSA 37 student conference will explore the various forms of resistance that make Latin American and Latinx communities breathe together.


Towards an Archive of our Own: Exploring the Early Stages of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Digital Community Archive – Presenter
The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought at Ryerson University, Canada, Nov 2016

Activist Media Archives: De/Materializing Bodies Symposium

Community owned archives over the past few decades began to emerge in the United States with repositories such as the Freedom Archives and the Lesbian Herstory Archive making waves in the archival world. In San Antonio, Texas the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, a feminist, Lesbian and Queer women of color-led organization, yearns to create a grassroots archival repository, but where to begin? Using the example of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Digital community archive project, other groups may be better able to decide if community archives may be a option for them as well.


Baby Steps: How Digitization Projects Help Community Archives Measure Resource Needs – Researcher
Association of Moving Image Archivists, Nov 2016

Annual Conference Poster Session

This research looks at how digitization projects can help aspiring community archives gauge the necessary resources to maintain archival repositories that include access to both paper based and digital records as well as sound preservation practices. Currently, little research exists in regards to the various necessary steps community groups must consider when establishing their own independent archives. By using the case study of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s recent audiovisual digitization project, the researcher hopes to pinpoint key elements that community archives should contemplate when deciding whether to continue the work needed to maintain an archival repository.


NOLA (Up)rooted – Co Investigator
Rising Tide: A Conference on the Future of New Orleans, August 2013

The Rising Tide Conference is an annual gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans’ recovery. Leveraging the power of bloggers and new media, the conference is a launch pad for organization and action. Our day-long program of speakers and presentations is tailored to inform, entertain, enrage and inspire.