Digital experience librarian leads Qmunity student session; Apply by June 11

June 7, 2021

Students are invited to join Camp Qmunity for a summer intensive experience that explores histories and best practices in web technologies and design, with attention to designing explicitly for diverse users and contexts. Guest speakers will present on user experience design, LGBTQIA+ health information needs, inclusive web design, and the intersections of race, nationality and the body.  

Students will learn, study, and engage with mentors and scholars from throughout the VCU community. This interdisciplinary intensive culminates in a group project focused on building a virtual queer presence at VCU. 

The Intensive, which includes in-person and remote sessions, runs July 6-30 and is tuition free. Selected participants will receive a small stipend.

VCU Libraries Head of Digital Engagement Erin White is co-directing the course with Archana Pathak, Director of VCU’s Q Collective. “This year’s Camp will build on the excellent research conducted by last year’s cohort,” says White. “Students will create a an engaging, sustainable online hub for VCU’s LGBTQIA+ community members.” 

Participants’ responsibilities include:

  • Complete pre-work requirements (readings, videos, written assignments);
  • Attend/view all workshops over the four-week period;
  • Attend project work sessions once a week (in addition to workshops);
  • Complete any individual assignments throughout the four-week period and;
  • Complete the collective web project: “An LGBTQIA+ virtual presence at VCU.”

This competitive opportunity is open to all students with at least one more semester of full-time undergraduate coursework. Pell eligible, first-generation, and students who hold multiple marginalized identities are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested students should apply online by June 11 at 5 p.m. 


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