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Headshot of Jan Adkins.

Jan Batiste Adkins is the author of African Americans of San Francisco, African Americans of Monterey County, and African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County published by Arcadia Publishing Company in the Images of America series. Each book contains 190 photographs, based on primary and secondary sources and is an historical account of the establishment of African American communities and leaders of Bay Area communities since the 1780s to present. She is also on the faculty of San Jose City College and a member of the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators. Writing in the genres of historical nonfiction, poetry, and creative writing have been a hobby of hers since the early 1990s. Over the last 15 years, she has developed a passion for literary research starting with her San Jose State University's master's thesis: "Literary Prose and Poetry in San Francisco's Black Newspapers, 1862-1885" completed in 2009, published by UMI Dissertation Publishing. In 2018, she also wrote an article titled "Blacks in San Francisco", which was published by Oxford University Press. For more information on her work, visit


Headshot of Susan D. Anderson.

Susan D. Anderson is‚ the History Curator and Program Manager at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and a member of the editorial board of California History journal. Previously, she was Director of Library, Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs at the California Historical Society, headquartered in San Francisco. She served as Interim Chief Curator for the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, and was principal of Memory House, a curatorial and public history consulting firm whose clients included the City of Berkeley, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Richmond Museum of History, and the Mazisi Kunene Museum in Durban, South Africa. As a curator in UCLA Library Special Collections, she initiated Collecting Los Angeles which gathered, preserved, interpreted and made accessible UCLA Library collections documenting the remarkable multiplicity of cultures and at-risk hidden histories of the Los Angeles region. She was Managing Director of L.A. as Subject, hosted by USC Libraries. She has published and lectured widely with an emphasis on California's hidden African American past. Susan's book, Nostalgia for a Trumpet: Poems of Memory and History was published by Northwestern University Press. She is working on a book for Heyday Books, African Americans and the California Dream.


Karen Biestman

Karen Biestman is the Associate Dean and Director of Stanford’s Native American Cultural Center, and teaches in Native American Studies at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the areas of Federal Indian Law, Nation Building, and American Indian Religious Freedom. She has been a member of the Stanford Design School Teaching Team, where she taught courses on Crafting Challenging Conversations, Peacemaking, and others through a cultural lens.  She also taught Federal Indian Law at Stanford Law School. Prior to 2011, she taught at U.C. Berkeley in the Law School, American Studies, and Native American Studies, and served as Assistant Dean of Students and Coordinator of Native American Studies. She left academia for one year to serve as Director of Indian Education for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX, in San Francisco to develop a national curriculum on Working Effectively with Tribal Governments. The common thread in her professional roles is the unwavering commitment to promote student leadership development, excellence, wellness and learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. She received both her B.A. and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley.


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Lesley Bone has spent her whole career as an Objects Conservator, initially at the British Museum in London. For the last 40 years she has been in the Bay Area, principally at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Since 1983 she has also worked on various projects for different departments at Stanford University. These have ranged from working on individual objects at the Stanford Museum to acting as a consultant of historic materials for various building restoration projects around the campus. More recently, she has been affiliated with the Lucille Packard Children’s hospital as their contract conservator taking care of their varied art collection. Her longest and most beloved association has been with Stanford Memorial Church, where her first project was working on the bronze lectern with a corrosion issue. A more consistent relationship with the church was established after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. From then on Lesley has been involved with different aspects of the church fabric upkeep including guiding the general approach to the care of this iconic building.


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Dr. Drew Bourn is the Historical Curator of the Stanford Medical History Center and has taught California history in Stanford's Continuing Studies Program. His volunteer work has included serving as a consultant for the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, as a Board member of the Stanford Historical Society, and as a mentor for Ph.D. students at the Stanford Humanities Center. He has been a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities on archives-related projects. During the Obama administration he served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Interior for the Heritage & History Initiative, "LGBTQ America." He is interested in the ways in which public history can change people's perceptions of themselves, their communities, their locations, and the possibilities for the future.


Julie Cain

Julie Cain is the Historic Preservation Planner for Heritage Services at Stanford University. At Stanford since 1978, Julie worked in several university libraries in various capacities until moving over to Heritage Services in 2008. When earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees in history at California State University East Bay, she focused on California and the American West. She is particularly interested in 19th-century California history with an emphasis on the role of Chinese immigrants within the state during that timeframe as well as the many estates built on the San Francisco Peninsula, including the Stanfords’ Palo Alto estate. Bringing lost or forgotten history to current awareness by writing historic context and recognizing the vital role unacknowledged members of society brought to the development of the state are themes often explored in her work. While much of Julie’s research is conducted within libraries and archives, community outreach also plays a crucial role for many projects, including the ACLQ dig, writing a history of the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and the decades-long restoration of the Arizona Garden.


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Al Camarillo is the Leon Sloss Jr. Memorial Professor and Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Stanford University. Camarillo’s storied career at Stanford began in 1975, when he was appointed in the Department of History. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the field of Mexican American history and Chicano studies (he is the first Mexican American in the nation’s history to receive a Ph.D. in U.S. history with a specialization in Chicano History). He has published seven books and dozens of articles on the history of Mexican Americans and other communities of color. He is the only faculty member in the history of Stanford to receive six of the highest awards for excellence in teaching and service to the university. Camarillo is the past president of the Organization of American Historian, the nation’s largest membership association for historians of the United States and past president of the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch. He frequently appears on History Channel television programs. His memoir, Going Back to Compton: A Native Son Searches for Racial Equality, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2022-2023.


Peter Chan

Peter Chan is the Web Archivist at Stanford University. Peter served as the Project Manager for the ePADD (Email - Process, Appraise, Discover, Deliver) project and was a member of the AIMS (An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship) project for born-digital archival materials. The AIMS project was the recipient of the NDSA (National Digital Stewardship Alliance in US) Innovation Award in 2012 and the ePADD project was the recipient of the same award in 2017. ePADD was also the recipient of Digital Preservation Award for Research and Innovation conferred by the Digital Preservation Coalition in the UK in 2018. Peter pioneered the use of AccessData FTK (a forensic software) to appraise and process born-digital collections in 2011, built a workstation which read 8 inch floppy disks and published metadata from email collections in Wikidata. Peter was an instructor for the Society of American Archivists' Digital Archives Specialist program, and Co-Chair of the International Videogame Data Network (IVDN). He has traveled extensively to both present and teach on the various aspects of his work at Stanford, including residencies at the Royal Library of Copenhagen in 2015, the Computerspiele Museum in Berlin in 2017, and the New Zealand National Library in 2020, as a Fulbright Specialist.

D. Michael Cheers

D. Michael Cheers, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San José State University. He is a Fulbright Scholar and an award-winning photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. Dr. Cheers earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Journalism and African American Studies from Boston University, and he received his doctorate in African Studies and Research from Howard University, in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Cheers began his career in high school, documenting his community for the St. Louis American newspaper. That early experience led him to create photo essays on the Roxbury and Dorchester communities for the Boston Globe. Thereafter, he became a photojournalist, working nationally and internationally, for Jet and Ebony magazines for more than 25 years. During that time, Dr. Cheers documented townships that included the South African communities of Alexandra, Soweto, and the Cape Flats,  the Southern African country of Mozambique, the rural farming communities in Cape Coast, Ghana, and Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa.

In 2006, Dr. Cheers became a San José State University faculty member. Since then, he has focused his cameras on marginalized African American communities in San Jose. He has produced documentaries and newspaper articles on the city’s historic Black churches, and drawn attention to other Black community institutions. Currently, Dr. Cheers is producing and directing, “This Far By Faith”, an immersive, digital humanities experience that uses virtual reality to explore the migration of the founders, congregants, and communities associated with San Jose’s Black churches. The project reimagines the way history is taught, by reclaiming ownership of the Black narrative. As former CBS Anchor, Rene Syler once said, “When you tell your truth you take away the power in [other] people’s ability to twist the story.”

Cathy Cotton

Kathy Cotton became a documentary filmmaker in response to the notion that there are no African Americans in TECH. Mrs. Cotton began her career as a human resources professional working first for several startup companies and ending her career at Hewlett Packard. She left HP and created her own consulting firm. While working as a consultant she created video and powerpoint presentations for training. She enhanced her skills in the field of videography by attending classes at the Digital Media Academy held on the Stanford University Campus. She created many vanity films for friends and family which led her to her first documentary of the cover band the Cheeseballs. She completed a documentary for the Delta Sigma Theta of Portland Oregon and the headstart programs 50th anniversary celebration in Portland Oregon. Her most recent film, A Place at The Table, was the impetus for the movement to include the contributions of African Americans in the history of Silicon Valley. It is Mrs. Cotton intent to bring the history of Silicon Valley to the world through digital storytelling at its best.

Headshot of Alison Carpenter Davis.

Alison (Al) Carpenter Davis is a writer, editor, and disability advocate drawn to hidden stories, the power of words to connect, and the commonality in being human. In 2020, Al co-founded the Disability at Stanford Oral History Project with the Stanford Historical Society’s Oral History Program to record Stanford’s cross-generational history of disability advocacy and the lived experience of those in the Stanford community with disabilities. Al’s book "Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence from Students of Stanford University" was released in 2017, and looks at the heritage, history, and shared experience of college students everywhere—and Stanford students in particular. Al collaborated with the Stanford University Archives to research, access, and further collect the handwritten, typed, and electronic correspondence for "Letters Home". Her essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the HuffPost, The Independent, the International Herald Tribune, and Stanford Magazine, among others. Formerly a managing editor at Outside magazine and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Al is working on a memoir about her 50-year journey with Crohn’s disease, which she did not realize was a disability until recently. Al graduated from Stanford in 1979 with a BA in Communications and studies in Psychology. Today Al lives in Los Gatos with her Stanford sweetheart in a house where three children and their dog once grew.


Sally DeBauche

Sally DeBauche is a digital archivist in Stanford Libraries Special Collections. She responsible for processing and describing born digital archival materials and developing of workflows for processing born digital material. She also manages the ePADD project, open source software developed by Stanford University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives that uses machine learning and natural language processing to support the appraisal, processing, discovery, and delivery of historical email archives. Before coming to Special Collections, she was a Digital Archivist and a Project Archivist focusing on German collections at the Hoover Insitutiton Library & Archives. Her education includes an MSIS at University of Texas at Austin and a BA in History at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Quinn Dombrowski

Quinn Dombrowski is the Academic Technology Specialist in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and in the Library, at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2018, Quinn’s many digital humanities adventures included supporting the high-performance computing cluster at UC Berkeley, running a tool directory with support from the Mellon Foundation, writing books on Drupal for Humanists and University of Chicago library graffiti, and working on the program staff of Project Bamboo, a failed digital humanities cyberinfrastructure initiative.

Quinn has a BA/MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since coming to Stanford, Quinn has supported numerous non-English DH projects, taught courses on non-English DH, started a Textile Makerspace, developed a tabletop roleplaying game to teach DH project management, explored trends in multilingual Harry Potter fanfic, and started the Data-Sitters Club, a feminist DH pedagogy and research group focused on Ann M. Martin’s 90’s girls series “The Baby-Sitters Club”. Quinn is currently co-VP of the Association for Computers and the Humanities along with Roopika Risam, and advocates for better support for DH in languages other than English.

Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin

Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin is currently a PhD candidate of history at Stanford University. Prior to entering Stanford University, she earned both her B.A. and M.A. in American History at San Francisco State University. She went on to become tenured-faculty at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) where she taught both African-American and United States History. Her current research interests are focused on the intersection of racial inequality, environment, and infrastructure in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point and more generally the African-American experience in the United States. Aliyah is also a performing artist interested in utilizing public history and the arts to make local histories more accessible to people outside academia. Her most recent publication is "A Forgotten Community, A Forgotten History: San Francisco's 1966 Uprising" featured in The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle Outside the South (NYU Press, 2019).

Jim Eagle

Jim Eagle has been a volunteer board member for BAAITS for 12 years. He  has been a grant writer, event fundraiser, regalia maker and PowWow CoChair. He has been a board member of several other 501c3s in the Bay Area. He is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, a Dakota Sioux tribe. Jim is also a USA Boxing Coach and athlete. He is the owner of

Kelsi Evans

Kelsi Evans is the Director of Archives and Special Collections at the GLBT Historical Society. She has been working in the field of archives for over 13 years. Prior to her role with the Society, she worked on the AIDS History Project at the University of California, San Francisco Archives and Special Collections, and managed archival projects at the Fales Library of New York University, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, and the Foundation for Landscape Studies. She holds an M.A. in archives and public history from New York University and an M.A. in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dorothy Fadiman

Dorothy Fadiman has been producing media with a focus on social justice and human rights since 1976. Subjects of her 24 films include progressive education (WHY DO THESE KIDS LOVE SCHOOL? produced with KTEH-TV); social change for women in the rural villages of India (WOMAN by WOMAN produced with KQED-TV); women's reproductive rights (a three-film series on abortion, contraception, and related issues); public health (a five-film series on AIDS in Ethiopia); the power of a local documentary to carry a universal message (WORLD PEACE is a Local Issue). Fadiman has won more than 50 major awards, including an Emmy for FROM DANGER to DIGNITY: The Fight for Safe Abortion, and an Oscar nomination and the Gold Medal from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL: Untold Stories. Her book PRODUCING with PASSION: Making Films That Make a Differencetraces Fadiman's filmmaking career. Fadiman received a M.A. in Speech and Hearing from Stanford in 1962.

Dan Geller

Dan Geller, together with his partner Dayna Goldfine, has produced and directed critically acclaimed multi-character documentary narratives that braid their characters' individual personal stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience. In addition to Something Ventured (2011), the Emmy-award winning Geller and Goldfine have collaborated on: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013), a Darwin meets Hitchcock murder-mystery; Ballets Russes (2005);  Now and Then: From Frosh to Seniors; Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + K.O.S. (1996), a feature-length documentary about the South Bronx-based art group Tim Rollins & K.O.S; FROSH: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994); and, Isadora Duncan:  Movement from the Soul (1988).  Geller and Goldfine's latest feature documentary is HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, which debuted in September 2021 at the Venice International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival and is slated for a theatrical release in mid 2022. Dan Geller and was admitted to the Documentary Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2014.

Nan Geschke

Nan Geschke and her late husband, Chuck Geschke, started the Geschke Foundation as a way to support their philanthropic efforts. Nan is an educator at heart and has volunteered many hours to researching, publicizing, and producing original content related to local history. She served on the Los Altos Historical Commission and was the host for the Los Altos History Show, a cable television program produced by Foothill College. She has curated several exhibitions at the Los Altos History Museum, including the Permanent Exhibition and temporary changing exhibitions about Wallace Stegner and the Duvenecks. She is also active with the Nantucket History Museum. The Geschke Foundation has underwritten these efforts and their generosity has encouraged other private foundations and individual gifts to these projects.

Ghosh and Chatterjee

Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee are long-time Bay Area activists and community-based historians.The Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour is based on their work doing oral history, archival research, and active engagement with historical research in the field. The tour shares these histories with a wider community, to inform, ground, and inspire new activism, in the tradition of movement historians like Zinn and Takaki. In addition to the walking tour, Ghosh and Chatterjee currently work with Bay Area Solidarity Summer, Walk Bike Berkeley, the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, and the Berkeley Reimagining Public Safety Task Force.

Dayna Goldfine

Dayna Goldfine is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. For over thirty years, together with her partner Dan Geller, she has produced and directed critically acclaimed multi-character documentaries that braid their characters' individual personal stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience. In addition to Something Ventured: Risk, Reward and the Original Venture Capitalists, Goldfine and Geller's work include: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, Ballets Russes, Now and Then: From Frosh to Seniors; Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + K.O.S., FROSH: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994); and Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul (1988). Their latest documentary is HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, which debuted in September 2021 at the Venice International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival, and is slated for a worldwide theatrical release in summer 2022. Goldfine was admitted to the Documentary Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2014.

Susan Hayase

Susan Hayase is a long-time activist in the San Jose area Japanese American community, and was a part of the grassroots movement for Japanese American redress, working in the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) and the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (NCRR.) She was a performing member of San Jose Taiko from 1980 through 1990, and she was appointed in 1995 to the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Board by President Clinton and served as its vice-chair. Susan has worked on projects for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), including the #DontExcludeUs series exploring parallels between Japanese American incarceration and other historic oppression including the Mexican Repatriation, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the Muslim Ban. She is one of the founders of San Jose Nikkei Resisters, a grassroots multi-generational community organization whose mission is to unite and mobilize the Japanese American community for a vigorous defense of civil liberties and social justice.

Christina Hodge

Christina J. Hodge is Academic Curator and Collections Manager of the Stanford University Archaeology Collections (SUAC) at the Stanford Archaeology Center, a museum collection of over 100,000 archaeological, anthropological, and artistic creations from California and around the world. Hodge an interdisciplinary museum anthropologist, historical archaeologist, and curator working in critical museum and heritage studies. She undertakes curation as a method of practice-based and inquiry-driven research. In this work, Hodge explicitly theorizes anthropological collections, analyzing practices--including digital practices--from a decolonial perspective. At SUAC, Hodge is responsible for daily operations and long-term planning across all areas of collections care, curation, and engagement. Hodge has an A.B. in anthropology from Harvard University, an M.A. in archaeological heritage management and Ph.D. in historical archaeology from Boston University.

Tom Izu

Tom Izu has been involved in the San Jose Japanese American community for many years, including in the grassroots movement for redress during the 1980s for the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and as the Executive Director of the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center located in Japantown. Tom currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and a member of its public programs team. Outside of the Japanese American community, Tom is a chapter leader of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California and is the immediate past Executive Director of the California History Center (CHC) at De Anza College where he also was the project director for the campus’ Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) US Department of Education program. He continues to serve as advisor to the CHC and coordinator of its civil liberties education program.

Katherine R. Jolluck

Katherine R. Jolluck is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University and the Faculty Coordinator of its Public History/Public Service Track.  She is also a Faculty Fellow at both the Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Haas Center for Public Service.  She previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Naval Post-Graduate School.  A specialist on modern East European and Russian history, she focuses on the topics of twentieth-century Poland, the Second World War, women and war, women in communist societies, forced labor in the USSR, and human trafficking.  Her books include: Exile and Identity: Polish Women in the Soviet Union during WWII, and Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile (with Jehanne M Gheith).  Jolluck offers courses  on human trafficking and is active in the SF Bay Area anti-trafficking community, where she helped to create and serves on the steering committee of No Traffick Ahead.

Laura Jones

Laura Jones is Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist for Stanford University, responsible for stewardship of the university’s nearly 100 archaeological sites and 200 historic buildings. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1983, and a master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University (1985, 1990). Her archaeological experience includes serving as director of a number of major excavations of prehistoric occupation and cemetery sites in the San Francisco Bay Area where she works closely with the indigenous Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.  Primary themes in this work include mortuary treatment and subsistence strategies among complex hunter-gatherers. She has also conducted several historical archaeology projects and is currently leading the excavation of the monumental Men’s Gymnasium ruin, a site created by the Great Earthquake of 1906. Laura Jones also has a long-term interest in education.  She served as Senior Scholar and Director of Community Programs at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching from 2001-2006 and is the co-author of a major study of doctoral education, The Formation of Scholars, published in 2007.

Michael B. Kahan

Michael Kahan is the co-director of the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford University, and a senior lecturer in Sociology. His interest in the historical transformation of urban space has led to publications on topics including the integration of streetcars in the 1850s, sanitation reform in the 1890s, the geography of prostitution in the 1910s, and redevelopment in California in the 1990s. His teaching includes courses on gentrification and on the history of San Francisco. He holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in history.

Jean Libby

Jean Libby is a retired instructor of African, African American, and U.S History at California Community Colleges (CCC) in northern California. Her writing and publishing career began with periodicals for the Palo Alto-Stanford NAACP and MidPeninsula CORE in the 1960s. As a mature student entering the University of California, Berkeley in the 1980s, her topic of original research, Technological and Cultural Transfer of African Ironmaking in Western Maryland, 1760-1850, is currently a primary research source for a Smithsonian Institution film. She is recognized as an independent scholar of John Brown, the abolitionist.

Oleg Lobykin

Oleg Lobykin is a Russian-born stone carver, masonry restoration contractor, and sculptor. He graduated from the Art College of Saint Petersburg, Russia, majoring in stone carving, sculpture, restoration of landmark architecture, and sculpture in stone. Lobykin is the owner of a small company, Stonesculpt, which specializes in masonry restoration and fine stone work. For more, see his website: He received the 2009 Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation, and the 2016 Julia Morgan Awards in Craftsmanship and Artisanship, and Stone Sculpture from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, CA.

Valentin Lopez

Valentin Lopez is the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. The Amah Mutsun are comprised of the indigenous descendants forcibly taken to Missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz. Chairman Lopez is also the President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust which was established in 2012. He is a Native American Advisor to the University of California, Office of the President. He is also a Native American Adviser to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. The Amah Mutsun are currently working to restore their traditional indigenous knowledge regarding land stewardship so they can return to the path of their ancestors. Consequently, the Amah Mutsun are very active in conservation and protection efforts within their traditional tribal territory. Chairman Lopez is working to restore the Mutsun Language and is a traditional Mutsun singer and dancer.


Carli Lowe

Carli V. Lowe is the University Archivist at San Jose State University's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Her work is focused on studying and developing practices that shift collecting strategies, expand archival audiences, and improve the sustainability of archival institutions, with the goal of ensuring that archives are relevant to present needs and prepared for future challenges. Here is a link to one such initiative, the Black Spartans project at San Jose State. As a former elementary school teacher, Carli's interest in Information Science is rooted in her understanding of the power of information to transform individuals and communities. 


Henry Lowood

Henry Lowood is the Harold C. Hohbach Curator in the Stanford Libraries, responible for history of science & technology collections and for film & media collections at Stanford University. He also heads the Silicon Valley Archives. His most recent books are The Machinima Reader, published by MIT Press and co-edited with Michael Nitsche, Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon, also by MIT Press and co-edited with Raiford Guins, and the forthcoming EA Sports FIFA: Feeling the Game from Bloomsbury Academic Press, co-edited with Guins and Carlin Wing.


Micah Lubensky

Micah Lubensky, Ph.D., (he/him) has always held a deep passion for and dedication to social justice, with the goal of serving sexual and gender minorities (LGBTQ+), racial/ethnic minorities, and low-income communities. A social psychologist by training, he has spent his career in multiple community mobilization, health, and research settings. Micah spent nearly a decade as the Community Mobilization Manager at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, co-leading the Black Brothers Esteem program. There, Micah designed and implemented a Black LGBTQ+ history celebration in collaboration with program participants. That celebration grew and evolved into the "Generations Black LGBTIQQ History Event," whose Bay Area-wide planning committee Micah chaired or co-chaired for 7 years. Micah is currently the Participant Engagement Director at The PRIDE Study (, the first national, longitudinal study of LGBTQ+ holistic health, where Micah tracks and improves the research participant experience.