Oral History & Literacy

Current Projects

Empowerment for Literacy
Contact: Rosi Andrade (rosia@email.arizona.edu)
To offer and evaluate the affects of reading groups on women with a history of drug involvement.


Sowing the Seeds: Promoting the Humanities in our Communities
Contact: Rosi Andrade (rosia@email.arizona.edu)
Funder:   Arizona Humanities Council/Stocker Foundation

A series of lectures and reading-discussion and creative writing groups among Mexican American (and other) women in Tucson who are outside the mainstream of literary communities.


Women Dialogue: Exploring the Quality of Life through Leadership
Contact: Rosi Andrade (rosia@email.arizona.edu)

In collaboration with Sowing the Seeds, this project focuses on building women's leadership capacity.


Love Maps for Middleschoolers

Funded by the University of California Humanities Research Institute. This project aims to engage middle school students in digital activism for social justice. Primarily working with girls and communities of color, our Saturday workshops offer middle school studens an opportunity to collaborate, produce, and use a geographic information system (GIS) social application that enables them to locate, follow, and learn from positive examples of social justice. Focusing on the UA compus, specifically the Women's Plaza of Honor, LoveMaps engages youth in both technology and activism - fostering lifelong engagement and community identity.

Visit the LoveMaps website at: http://www.hastac.org/competitions/winners/lovemaps-middle-school.  


 Completed Projects

Reading Our World

Contact: Rosi Andrade (rosiandrade@email.arizona.edu)

The Reading Our World program was an innovative after-school program that includes coordinated literature study groups and field trips to expand literacy through reading, discussion, and relevant social experiences for children K-5.  Reading Our World was premised on theories that reading experiences that are coupled with other relevant experiences such as field trips and discussions afford the learner opportunities to apply and expand meaning.  For example, included in the Reading Our World program is 1) the reading and discussion of a book about the Pima Air Museum, which was then followed by a trip to the Pima Air Museum and 2) the reading and discussion of a book on desert flora and fauna was followed by a trip to the Sahuaro National Park West.  Reading Our World was especially relevant given financial constraints on education; school districts that once allowed for one or two fieldtrips during the school year are no longer able to provide these types of field trip experiences.  The field trip experiences were great equalizers for children whose family’s finances did not allow for this type of learning and literacy exposure.  Reading Our World was funded by the Stocker Foundation.





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