The Technology and Digital Humanities Lab (The Lab) at Newcomb Institute supports undergraduates in gaining technical and feminist leadership skills while building a diverse portfolio of technology projects. All students with interest in feminist technology studies and working collaboratively on a scrum team within a feminist lab setting are welcome to apply, regardless of major or skill level.
The Lab also partners with the Equity in Technology and Society of Women Engineers student organizations to encourage networking and the building of caring and supportive communities
Within our Lab space, students work towards expanding their technical skill sets, contributing to the development of technical aspects of digital research projects, and supporting instructional technology initiatives, while also learning about feminist practices for implementing design and development work, equitable collaboration, partnerships, and networking strategies, and building caring technology communities that think critically about the impact of technology on social justice issues such as gender equity.
Lab's Objectives for Interns and Grantees:
Work concurrently on a range of digital scholarship /research projects related to gender and social justice of Tulane faculty, Newcomb Institute, and community partners while building a portfolio that represents an array of technical, research, and essential skills such as digital media, data, computing, mapping, and digital archiving.
Collaborate and network as part of an interdisciplinary feminist-minded technology community on campus with peers and faculty.
Examine through scholarly curriculum and praxis how feminist technology leadership practices and gender and technology studies enhance job-market preparation, professional development, product design, customer service, technical collaboration, and networking to bring about gender equity in technology.
Become a maker and a critic of open-sourced technical and scholarly knowledge/products such as project deliverables, technology conference/product reviews, project manuals, and scholarship about gender and other intersecting identities as it pertains to the field of technology studies.
Dr. Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, the Administrative Assistant Professor of Technology and Women's History, manages the research and technology initiatives relating to Digital Humanities, Technology Studies, and Instructional Technology at Newcomb Institute. She directs several student programs located within the Technology and Digital Humanities Lab.
For more information, about Dr. Howard’s research, teaching, and programs, view her faculty bio.
At Tulane, Newcomb Institute faculty offers the following courses and workshops focused on technology and society:
Since 2017, we have partnered with Tulane faculty, staff, and students and members of the Greater New Orleans community to produce digital research projects, such as:
Newcomb Institute calls for the proposals of Digital Scholarship and Digital Media projects to sponsor. If selected, the Digital Research Internship Scrum team (a pre-selected group of undergraduates) will work on your project during the 2020-2021 year.
The Scrum Model:
To model standards in the technology industry, interns work on a scrum team, an agile framework. The team works together on multiple projects at a time. The week-to-week workflows are managed by Dr. Jacquelyne Howard.
If the proposal is accepted, the Product Owner (faculty/staff/community) will work with Dr. Jacquelyne Howard to create a project plan and work with the Product Developer Intern throughout the semester. The Product Developer will continuously communicate with the Product Owner about the team's progress. Owners will be invited throughout the semester to join the team meetings and open houses.
Tulane faculty, graduate students, staff, or New Orleans community members who incorporate or want to incorporate computing into their research and advocacy work are eligible. As a Product Owner, you must be willing to:
The project proposal must meet one or more of the criteria listed below. This criterion has been modified from the National Endowment for the Humanities:
This program accepts proposals throughout the semester on a rolling basis. To apply, send a 100-word proposal to Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Ph.D. (email@example.com), or reach out for more information.
Click on the links below for more information about our programs and to view the Lab's zines.