NEA Big Read Partner 2021
About Jessica Salow
Jessica Salow is currently a Specialist at Arizona State University Library with the Community-Driven Archives Initiative (CDA) which was established in 2017 through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She obtained her master's in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from The University of Arizona and is an alumna of Arizona State University. Her current work with the CDA team focuses on building relationships with historically marginalized communities (Latinx, Black, Asian & Pacific Islander, Indigenous and the LGBTQ+) in Arizona by creating intergenerational and intersectional safe spaces for people within these communities to acknowledge historical traumas. We do this by centering the lived experiences of these marginalized communities and invite members to share their knowledge with others through workshops we host with community partners. Our work in this space is meant to redefine the traditional definition and function of an institutional archive and bring to light archival material that has previously been overlooked by institutional archives.