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Tell Us How UC It: Thinking Critically through a Living Archive for Student Activism

  • September 29, 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Webinar
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Tell Us How UC It: Thinking Critically through a Living Archive for Student Activism

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

Webinar Description:

The Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive project is a grassroots effort created by a diverse group of four women at the UC San Diego Library as an alternative way to highlight awareness, provide a space for dialogue, preserve and document the events related to student activism at UC San Diego. The project includes a timeline of campus student activism, student creative work and real-time feedback from the community on issues they face, physical exhibits, and an online collection. Some results of the project have been course instruction, participation in trainings for Resident Advisors and Teaching Assistants on interacting with the campus community and within EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) courses, a workshop on organizing for action, collaboration with campus groups, and inclusion in the national initiative Project STAND (STudent Activism Now Documented). 

This webinar, presented by Tamara Rhodes (Librarian for Psychology, Cognitive, Science, Human Developmental Sciences, and Linguistics, UC San Diego Library) and Cristela Garcia Spitz (Digital Initiatives Librarian, UC San Diego Library), will share critical strategies and practical approaches for planning and advocating for this kind of project, and a focus on how partnerships are invaluable to this work.

The cost is $10 for SCA members; $5 for student members; $20 for non-members; and $5 for unemployed or precariously employed individuals. All registrants will receive a link to the webinar recording after the webinar is completed.


Tamara Rhodes is the Librarian for Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Developmental Sciences, and Linguistics at the UC San Diego Library. She is also the designer and project lead for the Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive project, a living archive of student activism at UC San Diego. Previously, she was an Online Learning Librarian at East Carolina University. Her research interests are information literacy instruction, user experience, change management, leadership development, and EDI in libraries. Tamara received a BA in Sociology from Meredith College and an MLS from North Carolina Central University. She was a 2012 ALA Spectrum Scholar, participated in the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians, and is a current ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) fellow. 

Cristela Garcia Spitz is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the UC San Diego Library and collaborates across areas of the library, campus, and community on projects to ensure the long-term accessibility, use, and preservation of the University's unique collections. Content such as images from the Oceanography and Baja California Collections, experimental recordings from the Department of Music, and a range of material from the Melanesian Archive are freely available in UC San Diego's Digital Collections website, lib.ucsd.edu/dc. For the Tell Us How UC It project, she worked with the team on the submission process, timeline, and technical infrastructure for the physical and digital exhibit. 

Who should attend:

Everyone interested in learning about organizing efforts and considerations to document student and community activism.

Registration is open until September 24. Online payment is required.

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