- #WikiHBCU/DIO - building a network of HBCU/DIO members, students, faculty, staff, alumni, administration, and members of the "Historically Black" Colleges, Universities, Departments, Institutions and Organizations [Social, Cultural, Civic, Entertainment, etc] editors to create quality equitable content of parity on Wiki products and platforms.
- Theme (optional)
- Relationship Building & Support, Editor Recruitment & Retention, Inclusion & Diversity
- Type of submission
- Panel & Workshop
- Darold Cuba
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- Wikimedia username
- Affiliation(s) (optional)
- Wikipedia Fellow and the Wikimedian-In-Residence at Columbia University, Wikimedia NY, AfroCROWD, Columbia University Oral History Masters program (OHMA)
I’m proposing a panel with students, faulty, staff and leadership of the HBCU/DIO experience with how to increase sustained participation of people of color, particularly on the collegiate level with all of its passion, resources and sustained alumni loyalty. And explore whether or not creating chapters - unofficial or official - on all of the campuses of the 101 HBCUs still standing throughout the country, and partnering with the thousands of departments, institutions and organizations -civic, social, cultural and entertainment of "historically black" descent would be a viable route to create a sustainable model of retention for diversity of content and editors on Wikipedia, to be eventually replicated at all of the universities, institutions and other such organizations throughout the world.
As the current graduate intern for Wikimedia’s AfroCROWD, and a member of Wikimedia NYC (as well a graduate student at Columbia’s Oral History Master’s program where I’m #MappingFreedom - creating a database of all of the “freedom colonies” who resisted Western colonialism) I’m well aware of the representation, equity, and diversity and inclusion issues with Wikipedia. I’m also the descendant of the HBCUI experience in America - both of my parents are HBCU grads, as well as 2 of my siblings and my only college-aged nephew - someone from all branches of my family has attended an HBCU since the founding of the first one, Cheyney, in 1837. Our family has been a part of most, if not all of the "historically black" civic, social, and cultural groups ("D"epartments, "I"nstitutions and "O"rganizations) as well.
The HBCU/DIOs are a plethora of knowledge and a repository of culture, not just of the African-American experience, but of the Native and European-American experience as well - it encompasses all of the American experience, and beyond, the African and European diasporas included. My godmother has spent her career in HBCU administration, becoming the president of Langston University, and current chancellor of Hampton University where she raised her children - my god-siblings - on campus during our childhoods (I grew up not too far). Like my parents, she also is a member in many of the "D" "I" "O" groups as well - civically, socially and culturally. Hampton U is the location of the Hampton University Museum -the country’s oldest museum dedicated to African-American history (and it didn't even have a wikipedia article dedicated to it until I created one), and is representative of all of the HBCU/DIOs as repositories of culture waiting to be made into content, using their most devoted base - members, alum, students, faculty and staff- to mobilize a sustainable model of equitable content creation and editors, and equitable representation of diversity and inclusion.
The panel would consist of a cross section of HBCU/DIO members, students/alum, faculty, staff, administration and a representative of Wikimedia/Wikipedia. I’m also proposing a separate #WikiHBCUDIO workshop where any and everyone interested can participate in an HBCU/DIO-inspired & themed Edit-A-thon and Record-A-thon where articles related to the HBCU/DIOs are created, explored and dissected.
- Length of presentation
- Panel: 45 mins, Workshop: 75 mins
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- projector for quick 5 min deck presentation at panel
- Preferred room size
- Thinking 50 -100 people will show up at both panel and workshop
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