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Maya from the Margins was a 2016-17 Museums Connect project directed by InHerit that connected high school youth with Latinx and Indigenous roots in North Carolina and Yucatán, Mexico, exploring their complex identity and heritage by focusing on the topics of language, history, and migration. At UNC, the project was supported by the Anthropology Department and the Wilson Library’s Southern Historical Collection (SHC) and involved close collaboration with the State Archives in Yucatán (AGEY). Students from Yucatán and North Carolina both visited the SHC and AGEY and collaboratively curated a traveling exhibit displayed at both sites and at libraries and community venues in each country. The project modeled public engagement through its humanities framework, pursued civically engaged scholarship, and connected with the community directly through participatory archival research. In 2018, the project received a Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award was presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the SAA in Washington, DC, from August 12–18. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession or the archival record. One supporter noted that “Maya from the Margins has prompted archives colleagues to think differently about how we might work together; it has inspired students to embrace the value of archives and even seek work in archive settings.”

Dr. Bryan Giemza, Dr. Gabrielle Vail, Raina Enrique, and Elizabeth Ott discuss the Museums Connect project at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Book and Manuscript Conference in New Orleans, LA on June 21, 2018.

Dr. Bryan Giemza, Dr. Gabrielle Vail, Raina Enrique, and Elizabeth Ott discuss the Museums Connect project at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Book and Manuscript Conference in New Orleans, LA on June 21, 2018.

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