The Project STAND podcast: A Blueprint, is a conversation with student activists, memory workers, archivists, artists, historians, and scholars, that intersect with the creation, documentation, advocacy, archiving, and preservation of stories relating to the activism and organizing within Black and Brown communities and other marginalized student populations. We are having honest conversations where voices are sharing their fears, joys, challenges, hopes, plans, policies, and visions for liberation, a blueprint for repair, an archive that centers their voice.
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Alex Soto is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and a 2020 graduate student earning a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona. He is a Knowledge River, ALA Spectrum and ARL Kaleidoscope scholar. Alex’s journey to librarianship comes after years of success as a touring hip-hop musician/educator and activist. As a graduate student, Alex has realized the importance of culturally relevant information literacy within tribal communities, and the role of reparative archives in strengthening Indigenous sovereignty. Alex manages the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University. In this episode, Alex discusses how his life as a member of Tohono O’odham Nation, and as a hip-hop artist, educator and activist influence his work LIS. Video Recorded 11-12-2020
Saba Tshibaka, a current senior attending the University of Maryland, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and minoring in General Business. She’s been fortunate enough to participate in opportunities such as studying abroad in Israel (January 2019), interning at Google, Ann Arbor (Summer 2019), and interning with the Department of Treasury (Fall and Winter 2019). At the University of Maryland, she’s also been a part of a number of entrepreneurship related organizations: Hinman CEOs, Dingman Center’s Ladies First Founders, Start-Up Shell, and the Do Good Center’s Summer Fellows Accelerator program.
Saba Tshibaka, President of Black Terps at the University of Maryland, has an honest conversation about the importance of “showing up” and what it means to support a movement and those on the front lines. During this interview, she is at Tent City occupation at the Department of Education. Saba and other activists are calling attention to more equitable education for Black students. She talks about walking in the Women’s March in Washington D.C and receiving support from the SunRise Movement at George Washington University and mentorship from DeAndre Gates, an Atlanta Community Organizer. Video Recorded 10-23-20
Image courtesy of Saba Tshibaka/University of Maryland Special Collections and University Archives
Gardner is the founder of Black Lives at UK. Gardner discusses his experiences as a student activist, the importance of archiving, and why the resurgence of national demonstrations for Black Lives Matter feels different this time.Video recorded 9-15-2020