Join the Collective
Since its inception, the Chicana por mi Raza Project has relied on the collective efforts of a group of researchers and teachers who are committed to unearthing the lessons of Chicana feminist praxis. The Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective takes inspiration from the Chicana praxis it documents, re-envisioning the ARCHIVE as site of encuentro and exchange in which new “constituencies of resistance” (in Chela Sandoval’s words) are created and nurtured. Scholars, teachers and community members who wish to use the materials we have collected, are asked to commit to the project’s goals by joining the CPMR collective, and contributing to its continued survival and growth. Users may propose research projects and ways to improve the collection and its public website. Whether this work involves developing a class to collect oral histories, incorporating CPMR materials into lesson plans and class assignments, producing a “biocuration” or a short essay for our website, adding key descriptive information to a document in our repository, or simply correcting tags and other metadata—users of the archive are reminded that they are not mining a repository, but rather joining a network structured by the exchange of knowledge and conocimiento.
Ways to Participate
Groups and Organizations
There are many ways for instructors to partner with the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory project—from developing courses and assignment structures using our materials, to creating content for our public website, to undertaking a local oral history/archival collection project as part of the class. The Chicana por mi Raza Digital Collective has developed a host of teaching materials to assist educators including course syllabi, reading lists, assignment structures, and guidelines for scanning, cataloging and working with the Medici System (our database). If you would like to use materials from our digital repository in your class, or even undertake a community history project, and are interested in working with us to make it happen, please contact the Project director: Dr. Maria Cotera
All persons wishing to use materials from the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Collection must agree to join the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective. Members of the collective are granted access to the materials in the collection with the understanding that they will contribute in some way to the goals of the Chicana por mi Raza project.
Contributions might include:
Adding to the collection: digital images, oral histories, and/or scholarly essays.
Developing digital curations, storytelling projects, short films and essays related to research conducted using materials from the collection, with the understanding that these scholarly products will be featured on the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective public website.
Writing collection guides, biographies, and other supplementary material that will assist users of the collection, with the understanding that these scholarly products will be featured on the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective public website.
Developing pedagogical materials, teaching models, guides, assignment structures and research project ideas that will assist educators in their use of the site within diverse classroom settings. These materials will be made available on the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective public website.
Maintaining and Improving the collection (cleaning up tags, adding descriptive information).
Members of the CPMR Collective may use the materials in the collection for their teaching and research.
Before publishing, performing, displaying, or broadcasting a photograph, audio, musical work, motion picture, or audiovisual work except according to the conditions of Fair Use, the researcher is responsible for securing permission from the rights holder and for ensuring that the work carries a credit line stating: “Courtesy of the CPMR Digital Memory Collective.”
Note: actual determination of whether a use in any particular case is a “fair use” is a matter for a court to decide. Further information can be found at: http://www.copyright.columbia.edu/fair-use-checklist.