As you can see by the delay between posts the conference admittedly left me quite overwhelmed. We had a wonderful turn out from students, faculty, and community activists/advocates and are busily trying to figure out what role CMGC will play in continuing the momentum.
Almost a hundred people attended the conference over the course of the day. Both students and faculty were incredible engaged, particularly during our round table discussions, which produced a great deal of fantastic ideas about how we can move forward in advocating for domestic worker rights in New Jersey. One of our panelists, Marisol Hernandez, from the New Jersey Dream Act Coalition, is a Rutgers graduate, and she really brought to light the significance of this issue to our students in particular.
One of the most fulfilling aspects of planning the conference, for me, was working with a fantastic group of undergraduate students who helped us with everything from publicity to research to registration. I also had the opportunity to sit in on a number of classes, both graduate and undergraduate, that were reading Mary Romero’s work and engaging the issue of domestic work from a number of different intellectual perspectives.
One such class was the Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media, where students created multimedia projects inspired by creative works, scholarly texts, social media, and even government testimonies all relating to the issue of domestic work and its place in contemporary America.
This was a collaborative project and each group of students created an online exhibition of their collective work. Below is just a sample of some of the fantastic projects that were done. Click the exhibition titles for links to the full exhibitions, which include artist statements.
Reys by Phil DaSilva
Exhibition: Race and Equality in Domestic Work
“Moving in Silence” by Alex Kelly
Exhibition: N.A.N.N.I.E.S.- Nice and Neglected Nannies in Everyday Situations
“Nanny Meme” by Nicole De Los Santos
Exhibition: Domestic Work: In the Eyes of Children
“The Help” never been so funny (meme) by Steven Goncalves
Exhibition: Domestic Labor Through the Eyes of a Child
Not Your Average Nanny by Naina Kamath
Exhibition: Not Your Average Nanny
The Victim by Tatiana Leon
Exhibition: Domestic Labor Exploitation
Nanny Poster by Christopher Kennedy
Exhibition: Not Everyone’s Mary Poppins/ Who’s Your Nanny?
No Me Querian Aguntar by Jacqueline Kinney
Exhibition: Caught (in the) In-Between
Free Domestic Workers by Samer Fouad
Exhibition: The Abuse Ruse