UTSA Associate Professor Gives OIT Shout outs on a Local News Station

March 07, 2018

Dr. Kinitra Brooks on a tv screen in a news studio during an interview

(Dr. Brooks gives the OIT student success technology grants a shout out during her recent Kens5 interview.)

Written by: Nicole Duff, Communications Specialist

The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) received shout outs on Kens5 this past weekend.

UTSA Ricardo Romo Endowed Chair of the Honors College and Associate Professor in the Department of English Kinitra Brooks, Ph.D., recently gave OIT the shout outs for its grants, which helped subsidize the cost of a project she proposed last fall, as well as for an upcoming collaboration with some OIT staff members.

Her project entitled “Expansive Possibilities: Exploring the Digital Humanities through The Black Speculative Arts Digital Archive,” was one of 15 projects awarded funding by the OIT Academic Support Solutions Fund last year. With the grant she received, Dr. Brooks was able to create a Digital Humanities Lab for students to be able to not only critically consume media, but also produce it as part of an Honors seminar course called “Black and Brown Futures.”

In another Kens5 interview, recorded on Facebook live, Dr. Brooks gave a shout out to OIT for an upcoming collaboration. At the end of this month, members of the OIT Video Production Group (VPG) will be teaching one of Dr. Brooks’ classes how to use podcast editing software, as the creation of podcasts will constitute the final project for the course.

The upcoming collaboration will mark the second collaboration between Dr. Brooks and OIT in recent years. In the fall of 2016, she partnered with OIT Video Producers Jose Carrillo and James Borrego, who were invited to serve as guest speakers for her popular course titled “Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture.”

The OIT duo shared helpful insights with students about the filmmaking process and multimedia training. The course garnered Dr. Brooks national and international acclamation.

In 2017, OIT awarded funding totaling approximately $150,000 to seven UTSA colleges to support the implementation of student-centered projects at both the Main and Downtown Campuses by way of its Faculty Advisory Committee.


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To learn more about the OIT Faculty Advisory Committee, click here.

To learn more about the Office of Information Technology Academic Support Solutions Fund, click here.