Professor Michael Menser (Brooklyn College), Faculty Coleader in the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, is seeking a digital humanities focused CUNY student to visually chart relationships and networks of community involvement to facilitate a sustained collaborative partnership amongst CUNY, the NYC Civic Engagement Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience, and various community based organizations. The focus of these relationships is on the overlapping areas of resilience, civic engagement, participatory governance, and economic democracy. The goal of this mapping is to take stock of different capacities and constituencies of the organizations and discover the multiple overlaps to identify points for strategic collaborations to change policies, agency functioning and funding, and to support communities to better work with government in the pursuit of multidimensional equity enhancing resilience.
Over the last 5-7 years Professor Menser has been working to interconnect CUNY folks at Brooklyn College, the School of Labor and Urban Studies, the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, ASRC and the CUNY Graduate Center alongside the efforts of the Participatory Budgeting Project, which works with elected officials and city agencies; the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay which interconnects scientists, community and city, state, and federal agencies around resilience; and the Center for the Study of Brooklyn where he works to support the public health and hospitals initiatives anchored by Community Care Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Communities Collaborative with a focus on both social determinants of health and Minority and Women Owned businesses. These connections between city government, CUNY, and community organizations offer a blueprint for how CUNY practitioners across the city can engage with and find meaningful ongoing relationships with city agencies and local groups who share common goals.
Digital Humanities Student Responsibility:
- biweekly meetings with Professor Menser
- outreach and communications via email and phone with various involved agencies
- the production of an accessible and visually clear interactive digital project that maps connections between the agencies listed above
Qualifications and Areas of Interest:
Fellow would ideally have a variety of digital humanities skills, including knowledge of web design, ESRI, visual data mapping, and ability to put together graphics, as well as an interest in local government, civic engagement and resilience.
Duration and Stipend:
Project Timeline: July 8th through August 12th (six weeks), approximately 3 hours per week
CUNY student in good academic standing.
Application Deadline: July 1st
How to Apply: