We are very happy to announce that we have a new member of the Futures Initiative and HASTAC@CUNY team, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, who will be our embedded librarian, and will be particularly integral to our work on the Mapping the Futures of Education course next semester.
We are very fortunate to have Shawn on our team, let me introduce you to her. She is a reference and instruction librarian at the Graduate Center, as well as liaison for the departments of Advance Social Research, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Food Studies, Language and Literacy, LGBT Studies, Psychology of Political Behavior, Public Health, Social Welfare, Sociology, Theatre, Urban Education, Urban Health and Society, and Women's Studies. She often speaks and writes on issues of Black Lesbain Archiving.
Additionally, Shawn is an archivist at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a reference librarian at the Graduate Center, and co-producer of women of color Cabaret theater at Rivers of Honey. Her writing blends storytelling with documentation and is featured in journals and anthologies such as (2014), (2013), (2011), (2010), and others. She is also a Zinster, disseminating her Zine, Black Lesbians in the 70’s and Before : An at Home Tour at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and with her project, Her Saturn Returns: Queer Women of Color Life Transitions, where she collects and archives stories of queer women of color turning thirty. Shawn founded Queer Housing Nacional, an online space for queer women of color and allies to support the housing needs of queer women of color.