Graduate Student Research Fellows

Fall 2023 Graduate Student Research Fellow

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Sonya Squires-Caesar
Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program

Project: Finding Face and Building Financially Resilient Spaces: Becoming Communal Agents of Economic Change Workshop
An Interactive Storytelling Exhibit

In this project, African Indigenous knowledge will intersect with stories about communal savings through the art of mask-making. African indigenous knowledge (AIK) refers to the ways various African cultures orally passed a wide range of information, customs, practices, and beliefs from generation to generation. In AIK, the act of learning is thought to be a fully engaged journey to ‘‘find one’s face,” which is considered the path to discovering your roots, revealing your spirit, figuring out what matters most to you, and determining the core elements that make up who you are. This project will develop an interactive storytelling exhibit/workshop combining AIK about financial identity and mask-making.


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