Special Collections and University Archives

by Beth Ann Koelsch

On July 14 and 15, 2022 the library once again welcomed Latinx high school students who were taking part in the CHANCE (Campamento Hispano Abriendo Nuestro Camino a la Educación/Hispanic Camp Opening Our Path to Education) program. CHANCE encourages students to attend college by increasing their awareness of higher education and showing that it is well within their reach.

On two afternoons of the program, participants visited Jackson Library and rotated between four sessions; a library tour, a demonstration in the Digital Media Commons, a learning activity in SCUA, and a Zine Making workshop.

Librarians Melody Rood and Maggie Murphy and SCUA staff member Suzanne Helms, led the Zine Making workshop on July 14 and 15. Participants heard a brief presentation about the history of zines and how they have been used historically, such as in activism or to circumvent publishers who were silencing marginalized voices. Then, participants spent the rest of the session creating autobiographical zines, either as a memento or to trade with others.

SCUA archivists shared University scrapbooks from the 1920s-1970s with the students to analyze and then discuss what they observed from these primary sources. Students were able to compare and contrast their lives with students from the past.

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