Selected Leadership & Outreach
Video Game Studies Scholarly Interest Group
I currently serve as the Graduate Student Representative for the Video Game Studies Scholarly Interest Group (VGSSIG) at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. I was elected by professors and graduate students to serve a two-year term with VGSSIG's Organizing Committee. I have implemented the following while in office:
- I designed and manage an official website for the Video Game Studies Scholarly Interest Group, which can be viewed at www.vgssig.com
- Helped to manage the VGSSIG Mentorship Program, which connects senior video game studies scholars with junior scholars for mentorship, advice, pedagogy and support
- Organized and planned the VGSSIG annual meeting, including roundtables and workshops on video game studies scholarship and pedagogy
Autostraddle Camp (A-Camp)
I have served as a Conference and Workshop Organizer and Staff Member at Autostraddle Camp (A-Camp) since 2012, for five camps. A-Camp is a yearly, week-long conference organized by Autostraddle that focuses on outreach toward queer women, especially queer women of color, gender non-conforming and non-binary people, and queer transwomen and queer transwomen of color. Events organized for A-Camp include:
- Video Game and Queerness Panel titled "8 Bits, Boss Keys and Belonging: Gaming, Identity, and Queer Community"
- Panels on Gender Identity and Gender Presentation titled "Gender Spectrum" and "Gender Identity"
- Events for queer people of color called "QPOC Speakeasy"
- A roundtable titled "Queer People of Color"
- Panels about queer families and issues of estrangement and belonging titled "Chosen Family" and "Queer Families"
- Workshops on queer geekery titled "Nerdcraft" and "Queer Nerd Culture"
- And panels on topics including coming out, body image, queer faith, and queer poetry