Multicultural Women's Historical Archive in North Texas
In a 2007 report for the National Women’s Studies Association, titled “Questions for a New Century: Women’s Studies and Integrative Learning”, Amy Levin posed the following questions with regard to the future of Women’s Studies programs in the U.S. and abroad:
What are the effects of on-line courses and programs on learning in Women’s Studies?
How can Women’s Studies promote digital literacy among women?
How can the traditional social science/arts/humanities faculty base of Women’s Studies partner with colleagues in the sciences to promote digital and scientific literacy?
This proposal, conceived by Dr. Sonja Watson, Director of Women’s & Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Spanish and Dr. Kenton Rambsy, Assistant Professor of English/History, responds to Levin’s new directions in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies and to the need to integrate the humanities and the sciences in multiple ways. First, it will establish a historical archive of contributions of women in North Texas, a multicultural region with approximately 6.5 million people.
Approximately fifty-four percent of North Central Texans are white, twenty-seven percent are Hispanic, fourteen percent are black, and the remaining five percent are Asian or of another race. The multicultural component is key to the archive and will permit the incorporation of bilingual (English/Spanish) archival materials (documents, letters, biographical information) that can only be found in the target language: Spanish. The bilingual component of select materials of the archive will be sustained and supported by translation (English/Spanish) courses under the direction of Dr. Alicia Rueda- Acedo, Director of Translation and Interpreting (MODL).
Second, the data will be used to create a history course about women in North Texas and will be incorporated into the existing WOMS 2310 Intro to Women’s Studies course and online introductory history courses taught by Dr. Kim Breuer, Coordinator of Online Learning (History). Furthermore, the archive will be sustained through service learning projects in courses such as WOMS 2310 Intro to Women’s Studies, translation courses in Modern Languages (SPAN 3340 Introduction to Translation, or SPAN 4393 Spanish Internship) as well as online courses in history.
Third, the metadata will be used to develop an educational game about women in North Texas that can be used at the K-12 level and beyond. This aspect of the project will be spearheaded and directed by Professor G. Scott Cook, Visual Communication Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Studio CreaTec. In addition, Dr. Mary Curtis, Visiting Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Secondary and All Level Education Programs, will align the gamification objectives with K-12 TEKS to promote the knowledge of women’s issues at the elementary and secondary level.
In addition, the archive will be used to advance the intersection between women’s and gender studies (humanities) and digital literacy (STEM) at the University of Texas at Arlington through the creation of an undergraduate/graduate feminist digital literacy course and a STEM workshop for girls. The STEM workshop for high school girls will be designed to promote digital literacy and women’s and gender studies. The feminist digital literacy course can be one of the core courses for the proposed undergraduate minor in digital humanities.
Co-Principal Investigator:Sonja Watson, Director of the Women's & Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor, Spanish
Co-Principal Investigator: Kenton Rambsy, Assistant Professor, African American Literature
Co-Investigator: Kim Breuer, Assistant Professor in Practice, History
Co-Investigator: G. Scott Cook, Assistant Professor, Visual Communication
Co-Investigator: Alicia Rueda-Acedo, Director of the Spanish Translation and Interpreting program and Associate Professor, Spanish
Co-Investigator: Mary Curtis, Visiting Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education