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Facilitator Reparative Archives Workshop (RAW), 2019-present
Description: The Reparative Archives Workshop assist cultural heritage organizations, academic
repositories, and other organizations invested in engaging in critical analysis of traditional
repositories examining how to reconcile past practices with demands for a space
that acknowledges and provides redress for the dismissal and systemic erasure of marginalized
communities from conventional archives.

Launched the Reparative Archive Oral History Project (2019) and secured the oral history of the
first African American woman undergraduate to graduate from University of Maryland

Served as Co-PI for CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American and African Studies, University of Maryland (2020)

Responsible for establishing Student Life Records initiative in partnership with the Office
Student Life, the Office of Sororities and Fraternities, and Undocumented Students. The
initiative is aimed at helping build a Student Life Collections program at the University of
Maryland. Launched Stamp Your History Collecting Initiative in 2019

Co-led effort to secure $900K for the University of Maryland’s Studying Slavery, The 1856 Project

Served as Co-PI and Project Manager for Project STAND and Robert Woodruff Library Mellon grant, $750K


Awarded a $92,000 IMLS National Leadership grant for Project STAND. The IMLS award will fund four Project STAND Symposia hosted by the AUC Woodruff Library (Atlanta, Georgia), the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, Rhode Island), Chicago State University (Chicago, Illinois), and Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona).  Each forum will focus on student dissent, including looking at students serving in the role of agents of change through the lens of class, race, gender and sexuality, and examining the future of student activism and its long historical impact on marginalized student populations.


Book Chapter

Hughes-Watkins, Truth and Fiction: A Reckoning in the Archives: America’s Scrapbook. Book Chapter.  Archives: Power, Truth and Fiction, ed. by Andrew Prescott and Alison Wiggins, Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature Oxford: Oxford University Press  (Pending 2021-2022)


Gustavson, Andi, Analú María López, Hughes-Watkins, Lae’l and Elizabeth Smith Pryor. Ethically Teaching Histories of Violence, Racism, and Oppression. Book Chapter. Teaching Undergraduates with Archives. Michigan Publishing Services. December 2019.      


Articles in Refereed Journals


Hughes-Watkins, Lae’l. “Moving Toward a Reparative Archive: A Roadmap for a Holistic Approach to Disrupting Homogenous Histories in Academic Repositories and Creating Inclusive Spaces for Marginalized Voices.” Journal Contemporary Archival Studies 5, no. 1. (2018): 1-19. (Cited 14 in Google Scholar)