Education/News/June 2022/New Mexico Students Join Wikimedia Movement Through WikiForHumanRights Campaign

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New Mexico Students Join Wikimedia Movement Through WikiForHumanRights Campaign

Author: Jwale2

Summary: Students at the University of New Mexico were for the first time introduced to Wikimedia projects through the WikiForHumanRights 2022 campaign to contribute content related to the environment to the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Students & Lecturer Moments

Students at the University of New Mexico were for the first time introduced to Wikimedia projects through the WikiForHumanRights 2022 campaign to contribute content related to the environment to the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Students numbering 38, participated in a 2-day Wikipedia session dubbed,#WikiForHumanRights New Mexico and were scored extra credit as part of a Spring Semester course.

It is widely known that the State of New Mexico is fraught with several environmental challenges caused by industrial pollution and other harmful pollutants. This is further heightened by the recent spate of fires which has consumed several acres of land in what is referred to as the annual wildfire season often caused by extreme drought and climate change. Participants contributed content (articles and images) about New Mexico portraying the beautiful forested mountains and wildlife sceneries and at the same time, the environmental challenges currently present in the state. The project led by Pamela Ofori- Boateng, was the first time that majority of the students learned about Wikipedia, its related projects and the ability to contribute content to educate readers.

Useful Resources

  • Find dashboard activities here.
  • Find meta-page and further information about the project here.
  • You can also enjoy the podcast which also shares much insight about the event here.
WikiForHumanRights New Mexico