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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Shiloh Community Association

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Despite the social barriers, inequality, and economic pressures from the ever-growing population; the Shiloh area of Asheville, NC has maintained its sense of community. One important part of this sense of community involves the meticulous record-keeping of the Shiloh Community Association (SCA). The SCA members, along with the African-American residents of Shiloh, show great commitment: promoting healthy lifestyles, supporting small businesses, recognizing youth education, cultivating diversity, pushing for safe environments, and creating recreational programs, etc.-within their community. With the increasing urban-white population, the inequality and economic gain is on the rise; putting the Shiloh community and its residence at constant risk for displacement. The purpose of this public service project was to assist the SCA in transferring nearly 15 years of archival documents from hard copies to electronic files. The methods undertaken included scanning of documents from many binders, labeling of over one thousand files, organizing the files by year and according to type of file, and training SCA members and residents in how to access and navigate the electronic archive. While the product is a shared electronic folder, the results include greater access to community documents, a living history of the community, and a mode for future documentation. This project represents a community’s effort to keep a sense of community while showcasing commitment. As the student working on this project, I have appreciated the look at a collective product that may provide insight into any disparities between an African-American community and the surrounding urban population, which might also affect its sustainability.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sherrill Center Concourse