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Proposal ID 2015-072
Submitted April 21, 2015
Owner GWSS
Department Women Studies
Category Portable
Funding Status Partially Funded
Metric Score 3.37


  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Monica De La Torre
  • PhD Candidate
  • 206-890-1572
  • Dept. of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, University of Washington, Box 354345, Seattle, Washington 98195
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Young Kim
  • Administrator
  • 206-543-7579
  • Dept. of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, University of Washington, Box 354345, Seattle, Washington 98195
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Ron Kline
  • CDoC, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 206-543-6366
  • Box 353765



Graduate students in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (GWSS) at the University of Washington submit this application to STF to continue building on the Collaborative and Portable digital media lab, which was partially funded in 2012. Currently and thanks to the funding we received in 2012, our graduate lab houses several pieces of equipment that allow us to conduct video and audio recordings and basic editing. Yet some of our equipment is not functional at its full capacity because we still need several more items such as microphones, editing software, external hard-drives, and camera card readers. Also, the number of students utilizing the media lab has increased and our research needs have shifted.

Although we have greatly benefited from the resources available through CSS and the STF Equipment Loan Program, they do not have some of the equipment we need, such as the card-readers or external hard-drives. We are requesting lavalier mics, editing software, lights, hard-drivers and memory cards, a Macbook Pro laptop, and a DSLR package- all are detailed below. We hope that the funding of this digital media lab will provide our department with equipment that brings the equipment we have now to its full capacity and respond to some of our digital and media needs. This will in turn keep our department at the cutting edge of the digital humanities and public scholarship.

Category Justification

Portable. The requested for equipment is for collaborative usage by PhD students for their research and departmental projects. The request promotes collaboration and advances academic scholarship outside of the traditional computer lab environment and to be used within and outside the university spaces.


Graduate students in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (GWSS) at the University of Washington submit this application to STF for continuing to build our Collaborative and Portable digital media lab. GWSS was established in 1970 as an interdisciplinary unit in the College of Arts and Sciences; we are one of the first Women Studies Programs established in the U.S. In 1991 the program established an undergraduate major, and in 1996 we were officially recognized as a Department in the Division of Social Sciences. We now have an average of 80 majors each year, typically awarding 20-25 B.A. degrees per year. In 1998 we admitted our first cohort of Ph.D. students; and currently 19 people have completed the Ph.D. Program. Our graduate program is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and one of less than twenty doctoral programs in the U.S. Currently there are 15 graduate students enrolled in the Department; with three more joining us in the Fall of 2015. Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, are among the most diverse on campus, including returning students, racial, ethnic, and global diversity, and diverse intellectual interests, as appropriate to an interdisciplinary field such as Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. We also offer two Graduate Certificates in Feminist Studies and Sexuality & Queer Studies to graduate students enrolled in PhD programs in other departments; currently we have approximately 25 students who are enrolled in our certificate programs.

Because our work critiques injustice and generates responses to oppression, the capacity to carry out digital media projects is integral to our vision for social justice.Women of color and feminist activists have utilized digital media as an organizing tool and as a way to create an intervention into hegemonic and patriarchal online representations. Digital media is quickly becoming a common practice in producing academic scholarship. As feminist scholars, we are cognizant of the inequities that are often associated with digital media practices, including cost and access. Currently, our graduate media lab houses equipment that is out-of-date and does not have the capacity to support our growing digital needs, such as computers, video and audio equipment and editing software.

Several projects that are being produced by undergraduate and graduate student in GWSS would greatly benefit from this project. The Women Who Rock Digital Oral History Project reframes and expands scholarly narratives about the influence of women and women of color musicians and performers on the creation of community, social activism and popular music aesthetics. This project collects and archives the stories of women involved in music scenes through oral history interviews. Thus, digital media equipment such as video cameras and audio recorders are necessary for this work. Access to these stories have generated numerous student-driven digital film projects, including a documentary about the Seattle-based non-profit organization Home Alive.

Additionally, 11 of the 15 current graduate students are conducting or will conduct interview, video, photographic, and audio productions and documentations both locally and internationally (such as India, Egypt, Puerto Rico, China, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, and Turkey) as part of their dissertation work. Therefore, having access to digital media equipment that both stays in the department, as well as accessible to students for long term travel is paramount.

Benefits to Students and the University

The use of digital technologies within academia for archiving, publishing and producing media is increasingly becoming important in interdisciplinary departments that strive to create scholarship that is accessible to a wider audience. Given that many faculty and students with the GWSS are engaging with the emergent field of public scholarship and digital humanities, access digital media tools such as computers, video and audio recorders and production software are necessary to carry out this important and exciting work.

Although we have greatly benefited from the resources available through CSS and the STF Equipment Loan Program, having more direct access to digital media equipment that is functioning at full capacity will greatly impact our academic scholarship involving projects that happen outside the academic walls. Additionally, this access will facilitate our collaborations with students across disciplines, work that is already happening, but that can be enhanced through the funding of this lab.

Our department is currently engaged in national and transnational media-making. The Women Who Rock Student Collective creating a platform for community engagement using digital social media. Dr. Sasha Su-Ling Welland is establishing her own database of China's modern art in two languages. These projects have local, national and global impacts, and need new and high-level technology.
A number of students are building multi-media archives and films as part of their dissertation work that will become open to other scholars and publics. For example, Monica De La Torre is building an archive of the first non-commercial community Spanish language radio in the United States (KDNA) that is in Eastern Washington. Shuxuan Zhou is creating a documentary of women workers in China. alma khasawnih is building a multi-modal 3D archive of contemporary art created in Egypt since the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011. This is only to name a few projects.

In addition to our dissertation research projects, having access to digital media equipment is important to documenting our work in conferences, colloquiums, and professional presentations for future reference. Having a fully functioning, accessible, and independent media lab will enhance our ability to perform research on and off site, will enable us to communicate while traveling, and will support us as we produce new and exciting digital media.

Departmental Endorsements

I am writing to endorse, in the strongest terms, the application of the Graduate Students in the Dept. of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies for video and media equipment. The GWSS department has, in just the last five years, made an important and concerted shift to embrace visual and popular culture as a sub-field of feminist study. This is reflected in our faculty hires, in our curriculum, and in the graduate students we have recruited to the department. The projects of our faculty, Michelle Habell-Pallan and Sasha Welland, in particular, are at the cutting edge of the sub-field. They have, in turn, attracted amazing graduate students. Our students are involved in department wide projects, such as the Women who Rock archive project , which put UW and our department on the map as a center of excellence and innovation. In their own dissertation research, our graduate students are incorporating visual culture and the digital humanities in fascinating ways. Besides enabling the department faculty and graduate students to grow their interests in this sub-field, the grants’ value lies in its wider repercussions. One of the most exciting components of the past work our faculty and graduate students have done, is that it is very much in the genre of "public scholarship," that is, it is available to the larger university, the greater Seattle, and indeed, global community. Both Prof Welland and Prof Habell-Pallan have curated museum shows in popular culture across the US and in China. Our students are working in the realm of radio and film, art, community performance and museum curation. In short, the paybacks of funding this project are significant: it will advance the GWSS department's goals of producing cutting edge research, but, as well, in demonstrating how UW is where that knowledge is being produced, and disseminating it to the wider world. For these reasons I recommend funding most enthusiastically.
Priti Ramamurthy, Chair and Professor, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Washington, Seattle.

I am writing in strong support of the attached proposal for the GWSS Digital Media lab. As the current Director of Graduate Studies for the department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, I have a clear sense of the amazing work and potential of this innovation for our graduate program and the students in it. This proposal is essential to the training and research of our graduate students. Our students’ work represents a range of innovations into contemporary directions in the digital humanities, and the equipment to complete this work is absolutely necessary. This will help our students to contribute to the important innovations at the heart of their intellectual and pedagogical graduate work and to be competitive in the job market after completion of their doctorates. It will also facilitate important collaborations among our students in teaching each other and working together on projects that will benefit our department. Our field is embracing and integrating the work that this funding will enable, and this proposal represents the possibility for our students to continue to be at the forefront of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies on a national level.
Amanda Swarr, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Graduate students and faculty in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department stand at the forefront of feminist digital praxis as a developing field that encompasses critical inquiry, cultural production, and innovative pedagogy. In our research and teaching, we deconstruct powerful media representations of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and ability, while simultaneously seeking to change the ways they marginalize, silence, and perpetuate social hierarchies. This form of scholarship requires learning the tools of the trade, including audio, video, imaging, and computing technologies, in order to use them toward creative new purposes: conducting collaborative research with underrepresented communities, creating online counter-publics, building archives and databases that challenge normative documentation and exhibition, producing innovative metadata schema and controlled vocabularies that organize knowledge and enable search-ability on new terms, and designing interactive learning environments where all of these endeavors become part of a twenty-first-century education in media literacy as a form of social change. In recent years, our graduate students have participated in national-level forums on the digital humanities, including the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), and the Rutgers Feminist Pedagogies Conference (upcoming in January 2014). They have also filmed, recorded, and produced audio, video, digital storytelling, and online research projects utilizing equipment in our current media lab. They have been mentored by and assisted faculty who use digital platforms in their research and teaching, leading the department in many ways in the emerging field of digital scholarship, and providing a critical feminist perspective on the dominant ways these technologies are taught. I heartily endorse this application for our students to update and build the GWSS media lab. The additional equipment they have requested is vital to their ongoing work, in terms of their doctoral research but also in the ways they introduce these technologies in undergraduate courses they help design and teach.
Sasha Welland, Associate Professor, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Installation Timeline

After the award is approved and disbursed, Young Kim, Administrator of the GWSS Department will order the equipment described in this application. Once the equipment is ordered, it will be installed in the graduate lab by Mr. Ron Kline, Director of Computing at UW. We expect to have the digital media lab fully operational within one quarter of award disbursement.

Resources Provided by Department

All equipment is housed in the Graduate Media Lab space in Padelford B 110-G, which is a key-locked room (to afford security both to the equipment and the users). Professors that are engaging in the digital humanities, including Drs. Sasha Su-Ling Welland and Michelle Habell-Pallan, provide guidance on how to plan and successfully complete digital media projects. Ron Kline, Director of Computing at UW, will install the software on the new machines and continue systems administration, desktop support, and other computing support.

Access Restrictions (if any)

Resources provided through the Graduate Media Lab (Padelford B 110-G) are available to all graduate student in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department, which needs a key to access. Access to the digital media equipment, including video cameras and audio recorders, will be mainly used by graduate students. Because of limited space within the GWSS department, we cannot offer an open lab for undergraduate students. However, under the supervision of current GWSS graduate students, undergraduates at the UW can have access to the digital media equipment. Many of our courses are offered to both undergraduate and graduate students, therefore these students often work in collaboration. Additionally, during the Women Who Rock and Women of Color Collective Conferences, undergraduates have the opportunity to collaborate with graduate students in digital media projects.

Student Endorsements

The digital media lab has improved greatly my academic research and collection of data for my doctoral dissertation. Having the equipment accessible for students in our department has been essential for the production of our research. I have been able to do oral histories in Puerto Rico and other tasks related to the fieldwork of my research that I would not have been able to do with a short deadline to return it. It also helps me to keep expanding my professional opportunities presenting my projects on several conferences like the 2013 Critical Ethnic Studies Conference in Chicago, IL. We need to expand our digital media lab in order to have more access to the equipment we acquired. The new items we are requesting will help us to have more space to save our digital projects and will complement the equipment’s features. The work we do have served as an inspiration for us as individuals, for the students we collaborate with, and for the audience that have seen the result of our digital media productions. Please, help us to complement our professional needs.
-Noralis Rodriguez-Coss, Ph.D. Candidate, GWSS Department

The direction in which feminist studies and the field of activism is currently moving requires an ever increasing use of media and technical resources. Having our own equipment will not only make our individual researches and projects attainable and in-line with the needs of today's world, but will also prove to be a boon pedagogically for all of us involved not only as feminist researchers but also as teachers in our own respective ways. I personally would like to learn more about the use of digital media and technology for my own research via departmental trainings and workshops and that can be made more possible only if the department has access to its own resources. I fully support this application and look forward to a positive and exciting phase involving technology in our GWSS department.
Akanksha Misra, Second Year Ph.D. Student, GWSS Department

As a doctoral student in the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department, I enthusiastically endorse this proposal. Because GWSS emphasizes the importance of archiving individuals’ lived experiences, increasing our graduate students’ access to documentation technologies bolsters our research and social justice projects. In particular, many of our doctoral students are working on feminist digital humanities, a project that recognizes technology as a tool for feminist scholarship, and their work relies heavily on access to equipment. Although the current Digital Media Lab in our department is a promising resource, additional funding would improve accessibility and functionality of the space as a whole. The increased access to equipment would facilitate our research as well as to provide our own students with richer pedagogical tools they deserve.
Lauren O’Laughlin, 3rd Year Ph.D. Student, GWSS Department

As a graduate student in GWSS and a practicing community-based media scholar for nearly 15 years, I thoroughly endorse this proposal. I often advise students who want to use media technologies in their research that they need to start with the goals of their research and then match those goals with the right tools. Cutting a tomato with a butter knife can be done, but using a chef’s knife helps a chef focus on producing high quality dishes rather than being frustrated with inadequate tools and squashed tomatoes. Digital tools work well when the workflow is complete and appropriate for the goals of a practicing researcher. From capturing good sound and visuals with a quality camera and mic set, to being able to convert files to professional codecs, to having editing software that allows for full control over ones creative and intellectual vision, the whole production cycle is a meaning-making process that requires skill and proper equipment all through the workflow. The equipment being requested in this proposal will help complete the GWSS digital media tool kit so students can focus on their intellectual engagements and not be held back by a lack of access to technologies needed for their work. Further, GWSS is playing a leading role, at a national and international level, in exploring the digital with a feminist lens, so having access to these tools supports transformative possibilities in feminist scholarship with major impacts on the future of the entire field.
Angelica Macklin, 3rd year Ph.D. student in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

I whole-heartedly endorse this proposal for digital media equipment and software. As a student in Feminist Studies PhD program at UW, I’m increasingly aware of the powerful possibilities of visual practice in feminist studies and activism. In the last academic year, I took part in the filmmaking process of three films- two of them were in the U.S. on Women Who Rock conference and oral history project, and the other one was in China about the Beijing Queer Film Festival. In all of the three projects, I filmed and recorded with borrowed equipment or my own low-quality camera and edited the films in the UW library. I’m not the only one who did interesting and influential media-making projects with inconvenient and unqualified equipment in our department. I strongly hope this proposal can be approved, so that all of us can have more possibilities of doing and presenting our research in the university and larger communities.
-Shuxuan Zhou, Ph.D. Candidate, GWSS Department

The GWSS Digital Media Lab is a central element to my doctoral research and final dissertation presentation. My work requires short and long-term access to equipment locally and internationally, and involves oral recordings and visual images and video. Additionally, some of my research and teaching are based in the digital and public humanities, which involves the university community and the publics outside it. 70% + of GWSS graduate students utilize video and audio equipment for their research and studies in a regular basis. Therefore, having high quality, complete, workable, and easily accessible equipment is paramount to my personal education and development, as well as other PhD students, and in turn the GWSS department and the university as a whole.
alma khasawnih, 3rd Year PhD, Gender, Women, & Sexuality Department


Group Funded Item Unit price Quantity Subtotal
Supplement available equipment

Sennheiser wireless mic set (transmitter and receiver)

$629.95 2 $1,259.90

Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera-Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME2 Lavalier Mic - A (516-558 MHz)
B&H # SEEW112PG3A MFR # EW112PG3-A


Wireless mic is necessary for getting quality audio for oral histories and for filming panels or performances where wireless is necessary. Sennheiser wireless microphones are more durable, portable, and provide sound quality necessary to meet broadcast standard production.

3-pin XLR cable for boom mic (1.5 ft.)

$9.99 2 $19.98

Hosa Technology HXX-001.5 Balanced 3-Pin XLR Female to 3-Pin XLR Male Audio Cable (1.5') B&H # HOHXX001.5 MFR # HXX-001.5


This cable is necessary for plugging in the current GWSS boom mics into the camera.

3-pin XLR cable for boom mic (10 ft.)

$19.99 1 $19.99

Audio-Technica AT8314 Premium Microphone Cable - 10' (3m) B&H # AUAT831410 MFR # AT8314-10


This cable is needed for connecting microphones to the camera where longer cable is needed (10'). This particular 3-pin xlr cable is longer lasting and more durable for field recording than other brands.

3-pin XLR cable for boom mic (20 ft.)

$19.99 1 $19.99

Audio-Technica AT8314 Premium Microphone Cable - 20' (6m) B&H # AUAT831420 MFR # AT8314-20


This cable is needed for connecting microphones to the camera where longer cable is needed (20'). This particular 3-pin xlr cable is longer lasting and more durable for field recording than other brands.

Lasolite - EzyBalance Grey Card

$25.45 2 $50.90

Lastolite EzyBalance Gray Card B&H # LAEBGW12 MFR # LL LR1250


This is needed to color balance the cameras.

FX100 Camera Batteries BP-970

$49.99 4 $199.96

Watson BP-970 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 7800mAh) B&H # WABP970 MFR # B-1514


Extra batteries are needed for filming in locations where power in unavailable. We have also chosen a brand that is less expensive than the Canon brand to help cut costs.


3-way Lowel Trans-Kit Light Kit

$786.95 1 $786.95

Lowel Tota-light Trans-kit, LB-35 Soft Case B&H # LOT1923LBZ MFR # T1-923LBZ


Portable lighting is needed for doing videography and photography on-location at sites with low quality lighting. While the STF light kits are available for local use, they are not available to check out for extended periods.

Storage/Hard Drives

8TB External Hard Drive

$549.99 2 $1,099.98

WD 8TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo B&H # WEWDBUTV0080 MFR # WDBUTV0080JSL-NESN


The first hard drive is for central storage of GWSS student research media files that are long-term research projects, and the second hard drive is to back up the first hard drive. Also thunderbolt has replaced firewire, and is needed to be able to edit from the hard drive (USB is not fast enough and creates corrupt files and errors when working with HD video).

WD Portable Hard Drives 2TB Firewire 800

$259.00 4 $1,036.00

WD My Passport Studio 2TB Mac Portable External Hard Drive Storage FireWire


Portable hard drives are required for storing and backing up media in the field, as well as for editing video projects off-site. Editing 1080p HD video from an external drive requires a fast connection such as firewire 400, 800, or thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is the most current standard, however it is more costly than firewire. Firewire will serve our needs and is compatible with our current media lab set up.

SDHC Cards 32 Class 10

$22.95 4 $91.80

SanDisk 32GB Extreme UHS-I U3 SDHC Memory Card (Class 10) B&H # SAESD32GBU3Z MFR # SDSDXN-032G-G46


Cards needed for media storage in dslr camera and other cameras and recorders used by GWSS students.

CompactFlash Cards 64gb 800x

$59.99 4 $239.96

Lexar 64GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 800x UDMA 7 B&H # LECF800X64QQ MFR # LCF64GCRBNA800


Compact Flash storage is needed for the Canon FX100 Video Camera. The reality is that as video becomes higher quality, it requires more storage space to record and save files. Several students are now working in HD 1080p, which is the current industry standard, and it requires a lot of storage space.

DSLR Package

Canon EOS 6D DSLR w/lens

$1,999.00 1 $1,999.00

Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with 24-105mm f/4L Lens B&H # CAE6D24105 MFR # 8035B009


The canon 6d films in low light and is a less expensive alternative to the Mark III. We need a camera that can film and take pictures in low light, because we are often in social settings where flash is not appropriate, and the the lighting is not adequate. This particular camera is the best camera on the market in this price range for low-light photography and videography.

LP-E6 Batteries

$34.95 4 $139.80

Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh) B&H # WALPE6 MFR # B-1517


Batteries are needed for filming in locations where power in unavailable. We have also chosen a brand that is less expensive than the Canon brand to help cut costs.

Battery Charger

$52.95 1 $52.95

Canon LC-E6 Charger for LP-E6 Battery Pack B&H # CALCE6 MFR # 3348B001


Needed to recharge batteries.

430 EX II Speedlight Flash

$299.00 1 $299.00

Canon Speedlite 430EX II B&H # CA430EX2 MFR # 2805B002


Needed for photography in low light settings where we are able to use flash.



$79.95 2 $159.90

iSkysoft Delux Media Converter for Mac


iSkysoft is able to convert a wide range of different media files into professional codecs that are compatible with the GWSS editing system. The standard version does not convert in the same professional formats. We need one copy for the current iMac and one for the new laptop that is part of this proposal.

Adobe Creative Cloud 12 month membership

$299.00 0 $0.00

Adobe Create Cloud Complete (3 year subscription)


Adobe Production software needed for the Macbook Pro that is part of this proposal. Premier is needed for editing, Photoshop for photography, and illustrator is needed for layouts, animation, and other production/research uses.


MacBook Pro 13"

$1,699.00 1 $1,699.00

Macbook Pro 13"
2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz)
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L
512GB PCIe-Flash Storage / Intel Iris Graphics 6100


More than half of the current graduate students are conducting or will conduct interview, video, photographic, and audio productions and documentations both locally and internationally (such as India, Egypt, Puerto Rico, China, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, and Turkey) as part of their dissertation work. Therefore, having access to digital media equipment and a production laptop that is accessible to students for travel to research sites is paramount.

Portable Scanner

$82.00 1 $82.00

Canon CanoScan LiDE220 Color Image Scanner B&H # CAL220 MFR # 9623B002AA


A portable scanner is necessary when we are in the field and need to scan documents or pictures from interviewee's personal archives.


Apple Care 3-Year Warranty

$249.00 1 $249.00

Apple Care 3 Year Warranty for MacBook Pro 13"


Standard warranty for three-year protection plan.



$1,500.00 0 $0.00

UW Equipment Insurance


Funds to insure equipment will save costs for replacement, damage or repairs.


Tax 9.5%

$1,020.00 1 $1,020.00

Washington Tax: 9.5%


Washington Tax: 9.5%

Total requested: $12,923.06

Total funded: $10,526.06


Clarification: insurance is $300/year for 5 years for a total $1,500

GWSS — April 21, 2015 @ 3:48 p.m.

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