ASU appoints interim director for Nexus Lab

Jacqueline Wernimont to lead the Institute for Humanities Research's Nexus Lab for Digital and Computational Humanities

October 7, 2016

Arizona State Univeristy's Institute for Humanities Research has appointed Jacque Wernimont as interim director of the institute's Nexus Lab for Digital and Computational Humanities.

Wernimont comes to the Nexus Lab with more than a decade of experience in digital humanities and digital cultures, which began at the long-standing Women Writers Project at Brown University. She is a nationally recognized leader in digital archives, feminist digital media, histories of quantification, and technologies of commemoration. Jacqueline Wernimont, Interim Director, IHR Nexus Lab Jacqueline Wernimont, Interim Director, IHR Nexus Lab Download Full Image

In addition to teaching and working on her forthcoming book titled "Quantified Lives: Histories of the Media of Measure," Wernimont directs ASU's new Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. She is also currently a Fellow of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, working on new civil rights in digital cultures, is a founding member of the international FemTechNet collective, and is an assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Wernimont foregrounds collaborative and transdisciplinary work, and works closely with colleagues in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the School for Social Transformation as part of the Human Security Collaboratory.

Wernimont will be filling the vacancy left by Nexus Lab founding director Michael Simeone, who created new research collaborations and pathways both on campus and off, played a key role in several major research grants, and brought the lab to national prominence through activities such as hosting the 2016 HASTAC conference — all in under three short years. Simeone is now employing his considerable vision and energy in a new capacity as director of Data Science and Analytics for ASU Libraries.

ASU student starts nonprofit to combat sex trafficking

October 7, 2016

Students are the key.

The message is clear when you visit the All Walks Project website. Not only are students an at-risk population for sex trafficking but they are vital in spreading awareness. Arizona State University senior Erin Schulte, co-founder of the nonprofit All Walks Project, leads the effort in student’s fight against sex trafficking. Schulte and Senator John McCain Download Full Image

Schulte, who is majoring in global studies, co-founded the All Walks Project in 2014 as a freshman. All Walks uses a peer-education curriculum to educate at-risk students on human trafficking.

“Sex trafficking happens everywhere,” explained Schulte. “It affects people of all ages, races, and area codes. It is happening right down the street from all of us, we just don’t realize it.”

In 2015, Schulte spent the summer in Washington D.C. as a Capital Scholar. While in D.C. she had the chance to partner with The McCain Institute to establish the Student Alliance Against Trafficking.  The Student Alliance Against Trafficking is a network of student organizations at schools around the United States that all dedicate a week at the end of January to educate their peers about human trafficking.

To maximize their network, Schulte also established school chapters around the country, such as AllWalks@ASU. The Student Alliance now encompasses twelve universities, one community college and three high schools. 

“The McCain Institute has been our closest partner in the two and a half years that All Walks Project has been in existence,” said Schulte. “I am continually blown away by the quality of the work that they do and their dedication to addressing the issue of human trafficking.  They have been very generous and have funded our awareness weeks, and I can honestly say that All Walks Project would not be where it is today without the support and advice that we have received from The McCain Institute.”

This past summer Schulte spent a week in Thailand with two of her fellow staff members of All Walks. Their goal was to meet with various NGOs and local nonprofits so they could receive a more detailed understanding of the local human trafficking problem than if they were to do remote research.

Schulte discussed partnerships with these NGOs to create a Sister Schools program that would allow them to harness their student chapters to fundraise and provide scholarships to at-risk children.  They specifically chose Thailand because of the US dollar’s strength against the Thai baht. Schulte said it would cost between $229-250 USD to fully educate a child each year – including books, uniforms, teacher’s salary, etc.

Now that she is a senior, Schulte looks to gain more experience in international development as a mode of promoting international security.  She has found a new interest in an economic development class here at ASU, which she says her work with human trafficking helped prepared her for.

“My time as a global studies major has been invaluable and as I look towards graduation I am fortunate enough to have plentiful job opportunities thanks to the unique and rich experiences I have had at ASU.”

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