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Association Ammela-Zagora
Project Mentor: Dr. Felicia McCarren, Intern: Hillary Kurkland

“Association Ammela-Zagora” is a non-profit organization helping widowed and divorced women with children, as well as women and children on their own, in and around Zagora, Morocco. In Arabic culture, it is not accepted for the woman to have a profession outside of the house, therefore single women have significant trouble making ends meet. While “Loud Sahara” already employs many families through sustainable tourism, these women and children are beyond the scope of the company’s aid. Therefore, they would like to collect money through the non-profit to distribute to women and children in need.

This project will consist of website development for the non-profit group. Establishing an online presence will bring attention to women who have no source of revenue and little to no resources. Oversight of the site, and developing links to it, will become important. The goal will be to attract partners to provide additional funding for the non-profit. 

Cross-platform Website and Web App on the History of Women in Computing
Project Mentor: Dr. Carola Wenk, Interns: Olivia Mahler-Haug and Alie Eiseman

Women have played an important role in the history of computing, however, their stories are often not told. The more popular names of women in computing are known. For example, Ada Lovelace who wrote the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine and Grace Hopper, one of the first female programmers. However, there are countless more whose stories are less known. Female entrance and retention in the field of technology is declining. By celebrating the meaningful contributions of women of the past, we can remind young students that women have had an important role in the history of computing and technology, and ultimately prove that women do belong in the field of computing and technology.

The project proposed is to create an interactive, cross-platform website and web app that celebrates the story of women’s contributions to the field of technology and computing using Python and Javascript. The programming languages required to build both parts of the project will be the primary focus of activities related to it. Both Alexandra and Olivia will learn the basics of Python and Javascript in order to complete the project, and will also orchestrate a semester long workshop series open to all Tulane students who are interested in learning the languages with them. The workshop curriculum will be designed with the help of Dr. Wenk, of the Computer Science department, and will consist of alternating weekly sessions where students can get help on problem sets and ask questions.

Designing a Faculty Resources Website
Project Mentor(s): Dr. Toni Weiss and Dr. Susann Lusnia, Intern: TBA

The Classroom Engagement Core of CELT (CELT-CE) provides faculty development in the pedagogy of teaching and learning. During the spring semester, we want to redesign our sections of the CELT-CE website. The project has two main parts: 1. redesigning and expanding our teaching resources page, and 2. creating a new “showcase” for classroom enhancement grant projects funded by CELT-CE.  For the first part of the project, the tasks involve determining what topics are most needed/relevant, gathering whatever additional resources are needed, organizing these topics into logical ‘modules’ (e.g., syllabus resources, technology resources, etc.), and then designing (a) web page(s) to present these resources (as links to other websites or downloadable resources) in a clear and easy-to-use fashion. For the second part, we have been gathering materials (documents, photos, videos) related to our classroom enhancement grants. As a way of inspiring faculty to consider the many uses of these grants, we would like to devote a part of our website to featuring these projects.  Our website could potentially have a broad impact. Because it is available to the public, in addition to serving the Tulane community, the information it contains is also likely to be useful to faculty at other institutions, both at the collegiate and secondary levels.

Eden House, Ending Sex Trafficking and Protecting Vulnerable Women
Project Mentor: Dr. Elisabeth Gleckler, Interns: Rachel Davis

Eden House is a two-year residential program for women who have been victims of commercial sex trafficking. There are between six and eight women residing in Eden House as they receive counseling, learn new skills, and address addiction issues. Eden House is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

An assessment of the Eden House’s communications plan was conducted by a team of students as a semester-long assignment in a public health communications course, Fall 2013. Three groups of students evaluated the website, fundraising outreach, and informational outreach of Eden House. Preliminary results indicate that there has not been an integrated plan for the organization. The website needs to re-designed to meet key communications goals. Additional early results indicate that social media has been attempted but not yet integrated into a communications plan and that other channels, such as Twitter have not yet been used.

This project proposes to improve the Eden House website, Facebook page and integrate Twitter in an integrated plan and develop collateral materials to add content and contribute to communications goals of Eden House. There are three goals for the integrated communications plan:

  1. Increase public awareness of sex trafficking in New Orleans;
  2. Define Eden House as a safe haven and escape from the trade, and
  3. Target a select audience for fund raising to support the residents of Eden House.

 

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