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When and Where
Event:Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Date:Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time:6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Location:Barnard College
Milstein Center Library
Digital Humanities Center
New York, NY

Poverty and Housing Equity Edit-a-thonEdit

This edit-a-thon teaches the fundamentals of creating and editing in Wikipedia while increasing access to information about poverty and housing equity. This event is sponsored by the Housing Equity Project; a student coalition that aims to build communities of service both on and off campus and works to spread awareness of the structural foundations of poverty, homelessness, and hunger. They do this by staffing two shelters, providing street outreach, and creating opportunities for conversation on the campuses of Barnard and Columbia.

As with other edit-a-thons at Barnard, by creating and improving Wikipedia entries we aim to correct the omission of marginalized communities from scholarship and general knowledge. Furthermore, because Wikipedia’s contributors skew white, cisgender, heterosexual, and male, we seize this opportunity to counterbalance that inequity with diverse voices from within Barnard’s community.

No experience is necessary to participate. A brief tutorial on editing in Wikipedia will kick off the event, and more experienced Wikipedians will be available to help throughout. Pizza, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Event InformationEdit

  • Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY, Digital Humanities Center, Milstein Center Library
  • Subway:   to 116th Street station
  • Bus: M4, M5, M11, M104 buses
  • Directions: Directions to Barnard
  • Wifi: There is wifi access, and we will give you the log in details on-site.
  • Who can attend: Open to all Barnard Students, Staff, and Faculty. Open to the public with RSVP
  • What to bring: Please bring your laptop. There will be a limited number of computers available
  • Accessibility: The space is accessible to people in wheelchairs, and there are bathrooms for people of all genders. Children are welcome.

Sign InEdit

Meresquared (talk) 23:17, 2 May 2019 (UTC) Hungrylikethewoolf (talk) 23:18, 2 May 2019 (UTC) Sasshtik25 (talk) 23:18, 2 May 2019 (UTC) Rramjit (talk) 23:19, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Suggested Pages to EditEdit



Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

Empire State Development Corporation

Homes Not Jails

Mitchell-Lama Housing Program

New York City Housing Authority

Take Back the Land

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


Columbia University protests of 1968

Tompkins Square Park Riots 1988

History of Harlem (1960s race riots section)


Broken Windows Theory

Community Displacement


Housing Discrimination (United States)

New York City Housing Shortage


Squatting in the United States

Tenant's Rights

Sources for ResearchEdit

Library Guide for Urban Studies Junior Seminar: Dynamics of Neighborhood Change

Search CLIO for books and articles in the Columbia/Barnard Library system

Online Encyclopedias

Dictionary of the Social Sciences

Encyclopedia of American Urban History

Encyclopedia of Community

Encyclopedia of Housing

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies


For more newspaper collections follow this link.

African American Periodicals: African American periodicals, 1825-1995 enables users to search many periodicals by and about African Americans. The collection is based upon James P. Danky's African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography (Harvard, 1998). Drawn from holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society, African American Periodicals ranges over more than 150 years of American life, from slavery during the Antebellum Period to the modern era.

Alt-PressWatch: Full text database of selected newspapers, magazines, journals of the alternative and independent press. Includes titles such as Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, Chicago Reader, Dissent, Off Our Backs, Poverty and Race.

American Indian Newspapers: Presents the publications of a range of communities, with an extensive list of periodicals produced in the United States and British Columbia, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada and Oklahoma, from 1828 to 2016.

Ethnic News Watch: Full text articles from newspapers and periodicals published by the ethnic, minority and native press in the U.S. Coverage is from 1960 to date.

Proquest Historical Newspapers: Full-text and full-image articles from major American newspapers: Atlanta Constitution, Baltimore Sun (1837-1985), Boston Globe, Call and Post (1934-1991), Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor (1908-1997), Irish Times (1859-2009), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003), Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922), Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Scotsman (1817-1950). Every page in PDF files.

College Publication

Barnard Bulletin

Columbia Spectator Archive

Editing ResourcesEdit

Editing WikipediaEdit

Wikipedia's PrinciplesEdit