History in Action is pleased to announce three new History in Action Project Awards (HAPAs) for Fall 2015. The awardees will develop and execute their respective projects, focused on public-facing historical engagement, over the course of the Fall and Winter of 2015.
Keep an eye on Field Notes for updates as their work progresses.
The following Columbia graduate students are recipients:
Lindsey Dayton will be heading up the collectively run District 65 Oral History Project, which aims to collect, share, and archive the oral histories of the Columbia University clerical workers who organized in the 1970s and 1980s. Their union, District 65, was formed to fight racism and sexism in the workplace.
Dayton’s project invites active participation by current union members: The project will offer training in oral history methodologies and provide support and recording equipment to those wishing to collect histories of their own union’s founding members. Ultimately, the project aims to produce an online multimedia exhibit and will culminate in a capstone public event.
According to Dayton’s proposal, the District 65 Oral History Project will “examine, through the lens of a single union, the local effect of momentous changes that have taken place in labor since the social movements of the 1960s and the rise of neoliberal economic policies in the late 1970s.”
Daniel Morales, in cooperation with other members of the South El Monte Arts Posse (SEMAP), will be developing a website to showcase the oral, visual, and written material collected thus far by the East of East Mapping Community Narratives archival project.
Morales is working with East of East member Nick Juravich and with Alex Gil, digital scholarship coordinator at Columbia, to develop an interactive website for use in SEMAP’s curriculum development initiative in the El Monte public school system. The site will offer students and teachers a forum for interacting with and participating in the ongoing collection of the primary sources that make up their local history.
According to Morale’s proposal, the East of East archival project “seeks to build a reciprocal relationship among academics and community members and transform how underrepresented communities enter the historical record and think about their own history.” The new website, along with ongoing curricular work by Columbia graduate students and SEMAP members Yesenia Barragan, Andre Kobayashi Deckrow, Romeo Guzmán, Nick Juravich, and Maria John, will allow East of East to bring their efforts to the secondary classroom.
Ouleye Ndoye will be developing the initiatives of the Black Woman, PhD network, of which she is the founder. The network’s stated mission is to “provide women with the partnerships needed to grow academically and professionally […] from Application through Matriculation to Completion and Career.” According to the website, “Black Women comprise less the 5% of the total PhD population.” The BlackWoman, PhD network aims to address this glaring disparity by providing a forum for increasing shared knowledge.
Since the initial public launch in March 2015, 59 women have signed up to participate. In the first week, the site received 873 visits from 37 US states, as well as from multiple cities in 49 countries. Applications for steering committee positions will be released in the coming month, and the network will hold its first annual retreat in the summer of 2016.
According the Ndoye’s proposal, the network will “encourage prospective graduate students to apply by helping them locate programs that best suit their research interests” and “uncovering some of the mystery surrounding the application process.” Through BWPhD, Ndoye writes, “we will reduce the barriers between a Black Woman and her Doctoral ambitions.”
Congratulations to all of the Fall 2015 HAPA recipients, and thank you to everyone who submitted proposals.
We look forward to updates as the projects take shape!