DR. DVERA SAXTON, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, was awarded funding in March 2014 to aid engaged activities on 'Game Over: Educational Tools for Community Engagement on Toxics.' Over the course of Summer 2014, eight students from California's Pájaro Valley and two interns joined the grantee in a creative workshop that led to the conceptualization and design of two farmworker-themed video games. By winter 2016, the games will be digitized and ready for their public debut on the Internet. The students, who all come from farmworker families, learned ideas and methods of anthropology, game design, and graphic design and combined those new insights with their own life experiences to create the games. The hope is that these video games will foster greater empathy for farmworkers and a deeper sense of appreciation for the skilled but socially and economically undervalued work that they do in the strawberry fields.
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Northeastern U., Boston, MA
Saxton, Dr. Dvera, Northeastern University, Boston, MA - To aid engaged activities on 'Game Over: Educational Tools for Community Engagement on Toxics,' 2014, Pajaro Valley, California