In partnership with Heritage University in Toppenish, WA, Whitman College students have the opportunity to participate in a unique month-long digital story-telling initiative in June 2018 called the Rural American Digital (RAD) Lab. With guidance from a Seattle-based tech start-up called PopUpJustice, student participants will bring to light often-ignored or forgotten stories of the non-urban part of Washington state.
The initiative will be open to up to 12 Whitman students and 12 Heritage students. Members of the cohort will spend time on both campuses, enjoy broad exposure to faculty and staff from both institutions, and work together to create a digital story about our place.
PopUpJustice believes in a virtuous cycle of invention. Democratizing digital innovation is their mission impossible. They consult for and incubate ideas which advance community building and social innovation.
PopUpJustice seeks creative projects across the private, governmental, and nonprofit sectors at the intersection of technology, social justice, the arts, and pop culture. Founded by Aurora Martin, PopUpJustice offers the following services:
- Consultation and project management on projects relating to technology, equity and cultural competency audits, strategic planning, organizational and community development, trainings, workshops
- Communications strategy and content production
- Social justice policy research and analysis
- Production and facilitation of convenings, events, social justice hackathons, game jams
- Incubation of select projects
The founder of PopUpJustice, Aurora Martin, served up justice for nearly 20 years in legal aid as a public interest lawyer who grew up from intern to executive director at Columbia Legal Services.
During her tenure, she led Columbia's transformation to become a creative social justice advocacy organization with a mission to integrate civil legal needs with civil rights, engaging in legal advocacy on behalf of people living in poverty through impact litigation, policy work, and multimedia education. Building upon her experience in the nonprofit community, Aurora also serves as a guest speaker for various seminars and workshops on diversity and leadership, and as faculty for the Nonprofit Certificate Program of the University of Washington Continuing Professional Education Program.
Other stuff she's done include a National Equal Justice Works Fellowship serving low-income tenants; developing various pipeline education programs serving farm worker students; and clerking for the Washington State Supreme Court.
RADLab will run from June 4-29 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM each day. It will require some local travel, including a social justice history road trip and overnight stays at Heritage University and Whitman College during the first and last weeks. During the second and third weeks the students will communicate from their home campuses with the rest of the cohort via video-conferencing software.
Students who are selected for the June 2018 session of RADLab will receive a stipend for their commitment.
Applications for the June 2018 session of RADLab are due on Friday, February 2. For help with your resume, make an appointment with a SEC staff member via Handshake. Decisions will be announced by February 23, 2018.