Q: What if I wanted to fund a student (or few) to work with FemTechNet?
A: Excellent! More funding for students is always better! Graduate and undergraduate students are doing amazing work in and as FemTechNet – that is, the network would not exist without the research, teaching, programming, designing, artistic, political and cultural work of undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty in the network are sometimes able to find and use funding to pay students for some of this work, and to help encourage and grow this kind of funding, we have come up with a set of tips for helping students and faculty understand and develop RA-funded work within the network.
NB: FemTechNet does not currently have funding for student work, but if you manage to get some on your own, here are some tips on how best to use it.
1) FemTechNet is an ever-shifting network of scholars, artists, makers and activists that can provide camaraderie and collaborative energy, but cannot provide supervision. That is, student workers are supervised/advised by the faculty, staff or employers who have arranged funding for the student’s work.
2) The supervisor/advisor should be (or have been) a working participant in FemTechNet (having worked on a committee, working group or as a DOCC instructor).
3) Undergraduate students need to be supervised/advised by someone who works in the same institution, and who can have regular contact with the student.
4) Ideally, students who are working with FemTechNet will have a working knowledge of anti-racist, decolonizing queer, trans- feminist practices in addition to their interest/skills/energy to participate in the network.
What we offer
- The five co-facilitators of the network this year (the F5 for 2015) can provide an orientation to the network – contact us at femtechnetinquiries [at] gmail [dot] com
- Network of scholars, teachers, researchers, artists, designers, makers and activists in camaraderie and collaboration around projects of shared interest.
- Working group/committees organized by participant interests.
- This year (2015-2016) our committees and working groups are: Steering; Operations (working group is Tech Praxis); Critical Race & Ethnic Studies; Pedagogy Projects (working groups are Wikipedia, DOCC instructors); and Operations. Find out more about each committee at https://femtechnet.org/about-the-network/who-we-are/committees/
- These committees and groups were decided during the summer workshop (2015) and the network may decide on different groups next year. Also, new projects can be proposed and developed within any committee at any time. Just take the initiative to propose a project and ask for participants with shared interests and go for it!
- Working experience and relationships with scholars, teachers, researchers, artists, designers, makers and activists beyond your immediate network.
- Weekly or bi-weekly committee meetings via online video conference (through the very functional Blue Jeans software), to move collaborative projects along and check in with everyone about workload and direction.
- Monthly steering committee meetings to check in with the rest of the network, share your committee’s work and get to know what’s happening on other committees and propose new ideas and direction for the network