Monday, February 3, 2014

Meet the interns!

Spring semester 2014 TAVP interns with faculty adviser Charlotte Nunes.
This semester's interns have been recruited through the 
Human Rights & Archives Working Group, affiliated with the 
University of Texas' Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

This semester, with a bit of serendipity, we have partnered with the Archives and Education strand of the Human Rights & Archives Working Group affiliated with the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at UT-Austin to welcome 5 dedicated interns who have pledged to help us process the TAVP collection. Dr. Charlotte Nunes, their faculty adviser and the point person for the Archives and Education subgroup, has been working closely with TAVP to, as she puts it, "offer a team of UT undergraduate interns a meaningful opportunity to learn about digital archives by building them." 

All of the interns study within the Bridging Disciplines Program at UT. We wanted to know more about these committed students so we asked them to share a little bit about themselves. Click "read more" to learn more about them. Look out for a separate post where our interns offer intriguing responses to "Why archives and human rights?" and "Why TAVP?" 

Without further ado, we introduce the interns (in alphabetical order by last name)

(click on "read more" to learn more about each intern)

Spring 2014 Human Rights and Archives Interns

Sharla Biefeld
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sharla attended Sandia Preparatory School before enrolling at the University of Texas at Austin, as a Bridging Disciplines scholar concentrating in Human Rights and Social Justice, and majoring in Women and Gender Studies and Psychology. 

She has a strong interest in advocating around gender equality, and plans for her future work to address these issues. She is currently a junior at UT, but is envisioning her path to include a stint in nonprofits working on gender issues, a master's in counseling and a PhD focusing on gender inequality. 

Lille Leone

Born in Houston, Texas, Lillie has spent much of her life outside the United States. She attended the International School of Kenya in Nairobi for elementary and middle school, and the International School of Geneva for high school before enrolling at the University of Texas at Austin as a BDP scholar concentrating in International Political and Economic Development, and majoring in Plan II Honors (an interdisciplinary program) and Italian.

Currently a junior, Lillie is particularly interested in the cultural aspects of development and imagines a career in one of the international agencies such as UNESCO or UNDP, focusing on development and cultural well-being.

During her downtime, Lillie likes to cook, eat, travel and she loves opera.

Tu-Uyen Nguyen

Tu-Uyen was born and raised in Florida and Texas, attending Rainbow Elementary and Hunter's Creek schools in Orlando and Westside High School in Houston. She is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Classics, Latin and Asian American Studies and has a concentration in the Cultural Studies strand of the Identities and Communities Bridging Disciplines program.  

Tu-Uyen lives in languages: she was immersed in Southern Vietnamese dialect at home and has studied Mandarin, French, Latin, Greek, Italian and Spanish. She plans to pursue independent research on Vietnamese classical language and literature in Vietnam after graduation and has an eventual goal to study comparative literature and postcolonial identity in graduate school.

Tu-Uyen is passionate about human rights and civil rights, loves to travel and wander, read and write, jog, bike and sew useless things.

Jessica Rubio

Jessica was born in San Angelo, TX, but calls Big Spring home when she is not in Austin attending school. She attended Big Spring ISD from primary through high school.

Jessica is a senior BDP scholar concentrating in Human Rights and Social Justice as well as Core Texts and Ideas, and majoring in Government and minoring in Arabic. 

She says she remembers telling her father she'd be a lawyer when she was 7 years old, and says she'll stick to this promise! She aspires to someday use what she is studying to work within the field of human rights. 

Outside of classes, Jessica keeps very busy: she plays piano, clarinet, and is learning ukulele. Jessica is nationally recognized for speech and debate and was the state champion in high school. She bakes regularly, and enjoys spending time with friends (playing board games!).

Jordan Weber

Born in Denver, Colorado, Jordan has lived in Fort Worth, TX and Paris, France. He attended schools in the Fort Worth ISD from primary school through high school. He currently resides in Austin while attending the University of Texas at Austin. 

A senior at UT, Jordan is a BDP scholar concentrating in Human Rights and Social Justice and International Security and majoring in International Relations and Global Studies, and minoring in European Studies. 

Jordan says civil rights advocacy is an important part of his professional and personal life, and he envisions studying law and working in human/civil rights advocacy as a career.

Suffice to say that we have a vibrant group of interns this semester. Thank you to everyone who is working with us. Archives are there to be seen, heard, felt, and moved through: we are pleased to host these dedicated students who, in getting TAVP materials ready for engagement, are also engaging with them in profound ways.

The Human Rights & Archives interns are documenting their work processing the TAVP collection, so check the blog for their posts as part of the series "Digital archives internship," also tagged as "Archiving the death penalty."