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EXPERIENCE

Feb 2015Jun 2015

Museum Volunteer

Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum of African American
  • Successfully completed inventory for more than 160 volumes of African American periodicals including Oprah Magazine (2000-2015); Black Books Bulletin (1971-1981); Sepia (1974-1983); Ebony (1954-1976); Essence; Our World; and Negro Digest (Black World).
  • Rearranged shelves, assisted with the re-housing of MCLM’s periodical collection, and helped accession periodical data into the museum’s Google Docs catalog.
  • Helped sort donated collections, primarily photographs.
  • Served as Group Leader for Concerned Black Men Los Angeles National mentorship organization and interacted with 30-40 at-risk youth (African American and Latino males ages 12-17) on The Principles of Non-Violence and Civil Disobedience for MCLM’s annual Black History Month Outreach Program.
Sep 2013Dec 2013

Graduate Archival Processing Assistant - Lovejoy Library

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Responsible for sorting and describing a portion of the Eugene B. Redmond collection (backlog) according to archival practices and procedures established by the university archivist.
  • Sorted approximately 206 archival boxes containing rare books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and other historic materials related to African American history, literature, and multicultural arts in preparation for scanning and digitization.
  • Assisted in providing research, reference, and administrative assistance to students and library staff and other duties as required.
Jan 2011Jun 2013

Graduate Project Coordinator - Black Studies Department

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Helped plan and coordinate over several public humanities projects, implementing more than 100 events including mixed media exhibits on African American poetry and hip hop, public thinking events, and book festivals.
  • Content writer for online blog, Cultural Front and collaborative blog project with the University of Kansas at Lawrence– Project HBW (The Project on the History of Black Writing).
  • Led course discussions and small study-group sessions; developed questions for online reading group.
  • Assisted with the research and production of a scholarly dataset, containing more than 1,000 data points and key terms, with attention to articles published between 1990-2014.
  • Mentored 80 first-year underrepresented students on strategies for academic excellence and navigating college; Chaperoned 40 college students yearly on educational trips.
Jan 2013May 2013

Graduate Program Assistant - History Department

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Assisted the Graduate Program Director with a variety of administrative tasks including email correspondence with prospective graduate students.
  • Monitored and updated application submissions and materials; and created student surveys through BlackBoard.
  • Helped design fliers and programs for annual graduate history student symposium.
Aug 2012Dec 2012

Museum Intern

Katherine Dunham Museum
  • Compiled a bibliographic catalog of Katherine Dunham’s personal library (identifying and describing approximately 500 titles including books, periodicals, photographs, and scrapbooks).
  • Co-coordinated and supervised the storing and general care of the museum’s collection and artifacts retrieved from Dunham’s home. Supervised other student volunteers.
  • Conducted general and special guided tours of the museum and children’s workshop as scheduled.
  • Responded to email and phone inquiries in a professional manner; Interacted with visitors and general public through multiple services.

Education

Aug 2015Present

Master of Arts, Library and Information Science (MLIS)

San José State University

Concentration in Archival Studies. Anticipated December 2016.

Aug 2009May 2014

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Museum Studies

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Relevant Coursework: Foundations of Museology, Managing Museum Collections, Practicum in Exhibition and Program Management, Producing Instructional Materials, Instructional Media for Youth and Young Adults, Grant Writing

Aug 2010Dec 2013

Graduate Study

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Completed coursework towards the M.A. in History, pending thesis.

GPA - 3.88

  • U.S. 20th Century / African American History
  • African American Intellectual History
  • African American Women's History
  • African American Literature + Gender, Language, & Pedagogy

Thesis Research: The Intellectual Life of Katherine Dunham

Aug 2002Dec 2006

Bachelor of Science, Marketing

Alabama A&M University

Skills

preservation
Organizing
packing
DOCS
public programming

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