Next week, I’ll be attending the 26th Joint National Conference of the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates. The event brings members of the National Association of African American Studies, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, International Association of Asian Studies and affiliates together once a year to engage with each other and discuss recent scholarship. Wiki Education is excited to be joining for the first time in 2018 as a commitment to our continued efforts to diversify Wikipedia’s editors and content.
When we launched our partnership with the National Women’s Studies Association in 2014 we did so with the goal of getting more women’s studies courses, as well as female students, involved in writing Wikipedia content as an assignment. Since then, our students and intructors have made a huge impact on the quality and quantity of women’s studies information on Wikipedia. But we recognize that the gender gap is not the only gap on Wikipedia.
With a commitment to growing and disseminating research related to African and African American, Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Native American and Indigenous culture and history, this conference will enable us to add diverse content and voices to Wikipedia. At the conference, we will recruit new instructors to teach with Wikipediaand institutions to sponsor Wikipedia Visiting Scholars. We are excited to help stimulate a greater public understanding of these topics.
If you will be attending the NAAAS Joint National Conference next week, find us in the Exhibit Hall on Monday, Feb 12th after 1pm through Friday, Feb 16th at the end of the day. If you can’t attend but would like to try an assignment in a future course, visit teach.wikiedu.org for more information.