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Welcoming Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz to our Futures Initiative and HASTAC@CUNY team

Welcoming Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz to our Futures Initiative and HASTAC@CUNY team

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 Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond (2014), Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies(2013), Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians (2011), Films for the Feminist Classroom (2010), and others. She is also a Zinster, disseminating her ZineBlack 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.

Shawn is completing her MFA in Fiction at Queens College, holds a BS in Queer Women’s Studies from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and an MLS from Queens College where her thesis paper, titled, “Sources on Queer Theories for the Production of Lesbian of Color Identity Formation through Literature, Art or Documentation” can be read here. Shawn initiated Alternative Realities: Three Staged Readings by Black Lesbian Writers where she debuted her play, Saturnistas. She is a 2014 Louis Armstrong House and Museum Resident. As a reference librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center, Shawn is the LGBTQ studies liaison where she gets to promote a queer library collection. 

Please join me in welcoming Shawn to our Futures Initiative and HASTAC@CUNY team!


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