Documenting Student Activism Now
The first forum in this four-part series will begin with a dialogue that assesses the significance of documenting student activists within contemporary movements of social injustice impacting marginalized communities and with those directly engaging in this work—student activists. The first symposium will be composed of three panels, primarily student leaders from various intersectionalities, who will provide the context into why they have taken on activist labor and the challenges surrounding this role in academic structures. The forum will also include information professionals from academia, traditional libraries, and community archives, who will underscore issues of privacy, preservation, access, and sustainability in documenting student activism. Each forum will conclude with two-paper presentations and a review of Project STAND’s initiatives meant to democratize archives in academic spaces.
Dr. Meredith Evans is a manager of cultural institutions, a historian, archivist and librarian by trade and the 74th President of the Society of American Archivists. She is currently employed as the director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, administered by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). (More)
Bergis Jules (@bergisjules) is the Director of Equity Initiatives at Shift Design Inc and the Project Director for Documenting the Now, a project which seeks to develop tools and practices that support the ethical collection, use, and access to archival content generated from the web and social media. (More)
Holly Smith is the College Archivist at Spelman College. She received a B.A. in History and Black Studies from William and Mary, an M.A. in History from Yale University, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Management from Simmons College. (More)
Ed has been working for two decades helping bridge the worlds of libraries and archives with the World Wide Web. During that time Ed has worked in academia, start-ups, corporations and the government. He is interested in the role of open source software, community development and open access to enable digital curation. (More)
Eva Dickerson is an aquarius, farmer, and cyclist residing in Atlanta’s Westview neighborhood in her co-operative home/community, Orange Moon Sanctuary. A senior at Spelman College and a member of the Eta Kappa chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, her passions include establishing Spelman as an anchor and economic stimulus for the surrounding neighborhoods, encouraging her fellow students to invest in the longevity of HBCUs, and establishing a culture of informed passionate consent amongst students. Eva became involved in organizing in the AUC when she joined AUC Shut It Down, a student resistance organization on campus, where she performed her first in school organizing around the Graves-Consent letter. Since then, Eva has invested herself in bridging the gap between campus life and resources to the historical black communities of metro-Atlanta; work she has accomplished through her membership in the Orange Moon housing co-op and as a previous member-owner of the ATLisREADY activist collective.
Lisa Brown is a junior psychology major with a mental health concentration from Jamesburg, New Jersey. She plans to earn a PhD and practice as a clinical psychotherapist. She hopes to travel and contribute to the fight to make mental healthcare more easily accessible to low income communities. She is a published poet, the president of Afrekete (the LGBTQ+ organization on campus) and a peer counselor. She is also the vice president of the francophone club which is currently writing french children’s books to send to Haiti. She a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii honors program; as well as the national society of collegiate scholars and the alpha lamda delta national honors society. She conducts research in the Cognition and Temperament Lab at Spelman College and she serves as a resident adviser for the housing department. On campus Lisa is dedicated to fighting for the safety of queer lives. In addition, she is advocating for the recognition of queer mental health issues. Off campus she is an advocate for children and young adults with autism and down syndrome. She works as a special needs mentor, providing guidance in social behavior skills
Ginette Rhodes was born in Saint Louis, Missouri and currently, is a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University. She is majoring in political science and minoring in both African American Studies and the Legal Foundations of Law in Society. She entered the University as a Morrill Scholar as well as a Mount Leadership Society Scholar; to this day she committed to enhancing diversity and leadership in her community, which are pillars of both cohorts. Currently, she is president of the Ohio State University NAACP Collegiate Chapter and a research intern for the University Sesquicentennial working out of the Ohio State University Archives. Past engagements throughout her collegiate experience include working as a Diversity Ambassador, Residence Advisor, and Academic Success Partner for the Young Scholars Program. She is thoroughly excited to engage as a panelist for this year’s Symposium!
Amber Reid is currently a Doctoral Candidate for the Humanities Ph.D. with concentration in African American studies at Clark Atlanta University. She was raised in Trenton, New Jersey and began her student journey in Atlanta, GA while attending Spelman College where she studied Psychology and Child Development. Upon graduating, Amber received her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. Throughout her academic career she has been active in campus organizations including the arts ministries and chapel assistants of the Spelman College Sisters Chapel, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority INC, The CAU Graduate Student Alliance, and Africana Studies Organization. Her research interests include Black dance performance as ritual, healing, and activism.
Ramon W. Johnson is a graduate student at New York University with a concentration in Black Queer Studies . A native of Ellenwood, Georgia, Johnson received their Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Morehouse College with Cum Laude honors. Since 2013, much of Johnson’s organizing work has addressed issues of cis sexism, the exploitation of queer student labor and Queer/Trans antagonism at Morehouse College by archiving its queer political history, and helping pioneer the institution’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center. Johnson also served as the president and vice president of the institution’s gender & sexuality collective, Morehouse College Safe Space from 2015-2017.