Nicole Anand [web], Faculty at the Transdisciplinary Design MFA program at Parsons School of Design, The New School. Anand is a political economist and practitioner of participatory design and mixed-methods research. She has extensive experience in international development, working at the intersection of governance, design and technology. Currently, she is stewarding an emergent global collective called The Residency that she co-founded for learning between civil servants, activists and social designers. Formerly, Anand directed the strategy of the international civil society organization focused on data and technology, The Engine Room, and the global social design firm, Reboot. Her international development work began in India at OneWorld Foundation as the head of public innovation research.
Shamell Bell [web], Visiting faculty at Dartmouth in the departments of Theater and the African and African American Studies program. Bell’s research examines street dance movements in South Central Los Angeles through an ethnographic and performance studies lens, emphasizing transformative processes that can turn “choreographies of the oppressed” into “choreographies of the liberated.” Bell is an original member of the #blacklivesmatter movement, beginning as a core organizer with Justice 4 Trayvon Martin Los Angeles (J4TMLA)/Black Lives Matter Los Angeles to what she now describes as an Arts & Culture liaison between several social justice organizations.
Mike Bonin [web], Los Angeles Councilmember from the 11th District. Bonin represents Westside neighborhoods on the Los Angeles City Council, taking office in 2013. During his career, he has focused on issues of homelessness, the development of affordable housing, improvements to transportation, and environmental and technical leadership.
Anne Burdick [web], Founding Director of the Knowledge Design Lab in the School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney where she is a Research Professor of Visual Communication Design. She is adjunct faculty in the Media Design Practices MFA at ArtCenter College of Design, which she chaired from 2006-2018. Burdick is co-author and designer of Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2013). Past design projects include Trina: A Design Fiction, with Janet Sarbanes, the experimental text-dictionary, Fackel Wörterbuch: Redensarten (Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2000), which received the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for the “Most Beautiful Book in the World,” and the Writing Machines (MIT Press, 2004) book and web supplement with N. Katherine Hayles. From 1995 through 2012, she was designer and design editor of Electronic Book Review.
Jeff Burke [web], Professor In-Residence of Performance and Technology, and Associate Dean, Technology and Innovation at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Burke produces, manages, programs and designs experimental performances, short films, new genre art installations and new facility construction internationally. Burke’s research explores the intersections of the built environment, computer networks and storytelling — in particular, how artists can participate in shaping the emerging digital means that they use to create. Burke is currently leading the creation of an experimental AR + immersive theater project supported by Epic Games and based on the Amazon Studios’ series The Man in the High Castle. It will open in Fall 2020.
Allison Carruth [web], Associate Professor, Waldo W. Neikirk Chair for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching. Her research bridges the disciplines in the arts, humanities, and sciences to examine environmental narrative and science communication; the role of artists and writers in American environmental and food justice movements; and the evolving relationships between ecology, sustainability and engineering in the US. She is also a founding director of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS).
Rachel Corbman [web], Visiting Assistant Professor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Wake Forest University. Her research and teaching interests span feminist studies, queer studies, disability studies, the public and digital humanities, and the history of gender and sexuality. Her current book project, Conferencing on the Edge: A Queer History of Feminist Field Formation, 1969-89, offers a history of the conflicts that shaped U.S. women’s studies and gay and lesbian studies in the 1970s and 1980s. As a public historian, she recently curated the Wide World of Lesbian Cats, an exhibition at the LGBT Community Center in New York that excavates a history of cat memes in lesbian, feminist, and queer print and digital culture from the 1970s to the present.
Taylor M. Cruz [web], Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Fullerton. Cruz studies the social, political, and ethical dimensions of big data and health tech. Her current project examines the evolving political landscape of health care following the adoption of Electronic Health Records within large integrated delivery systems. She has also published on the politics of measuring social difference within population-based data systems and the impact of stigma on access to care for underserved populations.
Dana Cuff [web], UCLA faculty in the Department of Architecture and a joint appointment in Urban Planning and cityLAB director. Her work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. Two of her books have been particularly important: Architecture: the Story of Practice which remains an influential text about the culture of the design profession, and The Provisional City, a study of residential architecture’s role in transforming Los Angeles over the past century. Her latest co-authored book is Urban Humanities: New Practices for Reimagining the City (MIT Press, 2020). Founding cityLAB in 2006, she has since concentrated her efforts around issues of the emerging metropolis.
Kate Elswit [web], Reader in Theatre and Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Elswit, author of two books and twelve peer-reviewed articles, is an academic and dancer whose research on performing bodies combines dance history, performance studies theory, cultural studies, experimental practice, and technology. A new project, Dunham’s Data (with Harmony Bench, funded by the UK AHRC), is centered around performance and mobility, data analysis for visceral histories, and the case study of African American choreographer Katherine Dunham.
Lori Emerson [web], Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder. Emerson writes about media poetics as well as the history of computing, media archaeology, media theory and digital humanities. Her current book projects include Other Networks, a history of telecommunications networks that existed before or outside of the Internet, and THE LAB BOOK: Situated Practices in Media Studies, co-written with Jussi Parikka and Darren Wershler.
Mashinka Firunts Hakopian [web], Senior Researcher and Program Manager for the Transformations of the Human program at the Berggruen Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Mashinka held a teaching appointment in UCLA’s Department of English, teaching courses in media studies and visual culture, and was a Senior Researcher in AI ethics at Swell Creative Group. With Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson, she is a co-founder of Research Service, a media collective that develops performative and practice-based models of scholarship. She is the co-editor of Present Tense Pamphlets, a hybrid digital and print publishing platform for score-based performance, released through Northwestern University and the Block Museum of Art. Her book on algorithmic bias is forthcoming in 2020 from X Artists’ Books.
Anne Gilliland [web], Associate Dean for Information Studies, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and Professor and Director of the Archival Studies specialization in the Department of Information Studies, as well as Director of the Center for Information as Evidence, at UCLA. Relevant publications include “Impossible Archival Imaginaries and Imagined Records” (with Michelle Caswell, Archival Science 16, 2015) and “A Matter of Life and Death: A Critical Examination of the Role of Official Records and Archives in Supporting the Agency of the Forcibly Displaced” (Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, 2, 2017), and “Human Security Informatics, Global Grand Challenges and Digital Curation” (with James Lowry, International Journal of Digital Curation,14, no.1, 2020).
Kian Goh [web], Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. A licensed architect, Goh co-founded design firm SUPER-INTERESTING! She researches the relationships between urban ecological design, spatial politics, and social mobilization in the context of climate change and global urbanization. Goh’s current research investigates the urban spatial politics of climate change adaptation. This research traces flows of ideas and influence between sites and adaptation strategies in Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. More broadly, her research interests include urban theory, urban design, environmental planning, and urban political ecology.
David Theo Goldberg [web], Distinguished Professor at UC Irvine. Goldberg is Director of the University of California-wide Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) and a leading scholar on race, ethnicity and critical theory. Recent publications include “Fighting ‘entitlement racism’ on social media” (New Frame, 2019) and “‘The Reason of Unreason’ Achille Mbembe and David Theo Goldberg in conversation about Critique of Black Reason” (Theory, Culture and Society, 2018).
Cécile Guédon [web], Assistant Professor of French, European Languages, and Transcultural Studies at UCLA. Prior to coming to UCLA, she was a Visiting Lecturer in Theatre, Dance and Media and a Research Associate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University (2018-2019). Her first monograph: Abstraction in Motion: A Choreographic Approach to Modernism is in preparation; she has been working on the idea of dance or kinesthetics as a possible tool-model for intermedial exploration for High Modernism. The book sets out to apply dance aesthetics concepts (rhythm, gesture, empathy) to a wide range of media at the time of early twentieth century: visual poetry, architecture, film, drawing, photography. In addition, she is currently working on a second project dealing with improvisation and embodiment in the 1940s.
Elizabeth Guffey [web], Professor of Art and Design History at the State University of New York, Purchase. She was a founding editor of the journal Design and Culture, and her most recent book, Designing Disability: Symbols, Spaces and Society, draws on design history, material culture, and recent critical disability studies to examine not only the development of a design icon, but also the cultural history surrounding it. Recent talks include “‘The Right to Live in the World’: Design or Disability.” and “Making and Breaking Rules: Selwyn Goldsmith Designing for the Disabled”.
Akhil Gupta [web] Akhil Gupta is President of the American Anthropological Association; Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for India and South Asia (CISA) at UCLA; and, concurrently, Professor of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Postcolonial Developments (1998), and editor of Culture, Power, Place (1997), Anthropological Locations (1997), The Anthropology of the State (2006), and The State in India after Liberalization (2010). His book, Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India (Duke Univ. Press, 2012), was awarded the Coomaraswamy Prize by the Association for Asian Studies. His most recent publications are: The Promise of Infrastructure (edited with Nikhil Anand and Hannah Appel, Duke Univ. Press, 2018) and The Anthropology of Corruption (special issue of Current Anthropology edited with Sarah Muir, 2018).
Aimi Hamraie [web], Assistant professor of Medicine, Health, and Society and American Studies, and director of the Mapping Access Project at Vanderbilt University. Hamraie’s interdisciplinary scholarship bridges critical disability, race, and feminist studies, architectural history, and science and technology studies. Their publications include Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). As an instructor, Hamraie brings techniques from humanistic and design education into the classroom, incorporating environmental audits, sketching, and iterative design charrettes alongside critical theory and history into the study of disability and design.
Ursula Heise [web], Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies at the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary literature and the environmental humanities; environmental literature, arts, and cultures in the Americas, Western Europe and Japan; literature and science; science fiction; and narrative theory. Relevant publications include Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and “Science Fiction and the Time Scales of the Anthropocene” (English Literary History, 2019). She is also a co-founder of UCLA’s Lab for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS).
Theo Henderson [web], Former schoolteacher and podcast host. Henderson hosts a podcast called “We the Unhoused,” which lifts the voices and struggles of the unhoused in LA and beyond. It is interview-based. Host Theo Henderson is currently unhoused and resides in Chinatown, Los Angeles. He has shared his story with the Los Angeles Times and has spoken on other university campuses about his experience.
Natalie Jeremijenko [web], Associate Professor of Art and Art Education, New York University. Jeremijenko is a world-renowned artist, engineer, and scholar who seeks to reimagine and redesign the built environment, data, energy, food, waste and distribution systems to improve human and environmental health. This work, which brings together environmental urgency and creative agency, is primarily carried out through number of live and public socio-technological-ecological experiments across the world. Jeremijenko is the founder of the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University and received the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours Award AO Officer of the Order of Australia.
Harris Kornstein [web], PhD candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University (NYU) and Adjunct Instructor at NYU Los Angeles. Kornstein’s research focuses on digital culture, surveillance, media art/activism, and queer politics. Their work has been published in academic journals like Surveillance & Society and Studies in Gender & Sexuality; popular publications like The Guardian, Wired, and Salon; and is forthcoming in the International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication. Harris has served as a managing editor for Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. Harris is also a media artist, drag queen, and curator, whose visual work has been presented at the International Symposium on Electronic Art and MIX NYC; their performance at SFMOMA, the ICA LA, and Saturday Night Live; their curation through Apex Art; and other work at universities, galleries, and popular publications around the world.
Christoper Lee [web], Faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Lee’s training provided an unusual combination of experimental cell biology, biophysics, and algorithm development, which he has applied at UCLA to bioinformatics analysis of genome evolution. He has led efforts to establish a bioinformatics Ph.D. program at UCLA. He has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors, NIH National Center for Biotechnology Information, and serves on the editorial board of Biology Direct . His current research focuses on alternative splicing and its role in genome evolution.
Rachel C. Lee [web], Professor of English and Gender Studies at UCLA, specializes in Asian American literature, performance culture, and studies of gender and sexuality. Lee is currently Director, Center for the Study of Women, University of California, Los Angeles and heading a multi-year research project, “Life (Un)Ltd,” addressing the question of what impact recent developments in the biosciences, biotechnology, and in clinical practice have had on feminist studies, especially those theorizing the circulation of population data and biomaterials in relation to race and (neo)colonialism.
Maya Livio [web], PhD candidate at University of Colorado. Her dissertation, “Dying on a Networked Planet,” deals with the environmental crisis as it interfaces with networked technologies. It does so through both traditional scholarly writing—drawing from STS, environmental media studies, and feminist theory—as well as through critical creative practice that is rooted in media art and media archaeology. She is interested in the overlaps between ecological and technological systems, as well as best practices for transversal modes of research. Livio also serves as curator of an annual media arts festival at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Curator of the Media Archaeology Lab.
Victoria Marks [web], Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture and Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and chair for the Disabilities Studies minor. A Guggenheim fellow and Alpert Award-winning choreographer, filmmaker, scholar, and activist, her work has long considered the politics of citizenship, as well as the representation of both virtuosity and disability. These themes are part of her ongoing commitment to locating dance-making within the sphere of political meaning.
Tara McPherson [web], Chair and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California and Director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies. Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place. She has a particular interest in digital media. Here, her research focuses on the digital humanities, early software histories, gender, and race, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital scholarship. Her most recent book is Feminist in a Software Lab: Difference + Design (HUP, 2018). Her current research project is on Platforming Hate: The Internet and the Rise of Hate Online
Nick Mitchell [web], Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz in the Feminist Studies Department and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Mitchell’s research and teaching explore the social arrangements of knowledge and the ways that knowledge and its institutional practices arrange social worlds. Mitchell’s current book project, Disciplinary Matters: Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Neoliberal University (forthcoming, Duke University Press), places the institutional projects of black studies and women’s studies not at the margins but the heart of the consolidation of the post-Civil Rights U.S. university.
Romi Ron Morrison [web], Annenberg PhD Fellow in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. Morrison is an interdisciplinary designer, artist, and researcher working across the fields of critical data studies, black feminist praxis, and cultural geography. Focusing on boundaries, social infrastructure, and community technology, their practice works to investigate the generative ways in which the unassimilable refigures, complicates, and dissolves our understandings of race, gender + geographic space as fixed and knowable.
Harold Monbouquette [web], Associate Dean of Research and Physical Resources and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Monbouquette’s research is focused on microsensors for neurochemical signaling compounds to aid study of neurological disorders including addiction and Parkinson’s disease; and on technology for detection of nucleic acids of specific sequence that enables identification of pathogens in body fluids, food and water.
Darci Niva [web], Executive Director of the Westside Coalition, a nonprofit with 56 members organizations on the Westside committed to working collaboratively on issues of housing, hunger and health through service coordination, public education and advocacy. Niva has been with the coalition for over 6 years. She also served as the Regional Coordinator for the County’s Coordinated Entry System (CES) for the Westside in its pilot phase and for the first 3 years. Prior to moving to Southern California, she worked with homeless services and social relief projects both overseas and in the Phoenix area. Her Master’s degree is in Human Rights and Social Justice. She volunteers her time with various organizations including Heal the Bay, LAHSA and Ready Culver City, and was the Board Chairperson for nearly 5 years for Students4Students Shelters also known as the Bruin Shelter and the Trojan Shelter.
Jane Nguyen [web], Co-founder of Ktown for All, a neighborhood-based volunteer homeless advocacy group in Los Angeles. Nguyen is a core organizer with the Services Not Sweeps campaign, which calls for ending the enforcement-led approach to encampment cleanups. She also serves on the Board of Invisible People. Los Angeles Magazine recently described Nguyen as “a tireless advocate, organizing weekly supply distributions, pushing for a more humane homeless policy at City Council meetings, and amplifying stories from voices that might not otherwise be heard.” Nguyen is currently an Activist-in-Residence with UCLA (The Institute on Inequality and Democracy and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center).
Veronica Paredes [web], Assistant Professor in the School of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA. Paredes’ research focuses on reconfigured urban media spaces and feminist digital practices in pedagogy and collective organizing. She is currently working on a book project about movie theater use, reuse, and representation in urban space, emphasizing how intermedial connections and social, racial and cultural dimensions of moviegoing disrupt popular understandings of vintage movie theaters. Paredes is also an active member of the networked feminist collective FemTechNet and Situated Critical Race & Media (SCRAM).
Marisa Parham [web], Professor of English at Amherst College. Parham directs the Immersive Reality Lab for the Humanities, a workgroup for digital and experimental humanities, serves as a faculty diversity and inclusion officer, and was formerly director of Five College Digital Humanities. Parham’s current teaching and research projects focus on texts that problematize assumptions about time, space, and bodily materiality, particularly as such terms share a history of increasing complexity in texts produced by African Americans. Current book project: Black Haunts in the Anthropocene. Parham serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.
Anne Pasek [web], Post-doc at the University of Alberta, in the English and Film Studies department. Her research centers on changing approaches to technological development and social structures in light of the growing certainty of catastrophic climate change.
Todd Presner [web], Ross Professor of Germanic Languages, Chair of the Digital Humanities Program, and Associate Dean of Digital Innovation at UCLA. The author or co-author of five books, Presner’s research focuses on European intellectual history, digital and urban humanities, cultural geography and the ethics of the algorithm. His latest co-authored book is Urban Humanities: New Practices for Reimagining the City (MIT Press, 2020).
Matt Ratto [web], Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and directs the Semaphore Research cluster on Inclusive Design, Mobile and Pervasive Computing and, as part of Semaphore, the Critical Making lab. His work explores the intersections between digital technologies and the human life world. He coined the term ‘critical making” in 2007 to describe work that combines humanities insights and engineering practices, and has published extensively on this concept. His research also covers DIY citizens, computer simulation and modeling technologies, and institutional learning. A current project involves the development of a cost-effective software and hardware toolchain for the scanning, design, and 3D printing of lower-limb prostheses for use in the developing world.
Dylan Reibling [web], Award-winning, multi-media director. Reibling’s short films have screened at over 50 film festivals around the world, including TIFF, Tribeca, Palm Springs, and the BFI London. He has also mounted interactive art installations at festivals and his documentary work spans hard-hitting investigative pieces for VICE, and documentary series for major networks such as Discovery, History and Arte.
Roopika Risam [web], Associate Professor of Secondary and Higher Education and English, Salem State University. Her research interests lie at the intersections of postcolonial and African diaspora studies, humanities knowledge infrastructures, and digital humanities. Publications include New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Northwestern University Press, 2018) and Torn Apart/Separados (a collaborative effort which presents geographical and financial landscape of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the US). Risam is also the co-host (with Mary Churchill) for Rocking the Academy, a podcast that brings conversations with people who are formulating a different vision of the university. Risam’s current book engages with insurgent academics.
Sarah Roberts [web], Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. Roberts is internationally recognized as a leading scholar on the emerging topic of commercial content moderation of social media (or CCM, for short) a term she coined to define the field study around the large-scale, industrial and for-pay practice of social media user-generated content adjudication. Her book Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media was published in 2019 by Yale University Press. She was previously an information technology professional for 15 years and her research interests focus on information work and workers and on the social, economic and political impact of the widespread adoption of the internet in everyday life.
David Schaberg [web], Dean of Humanities at UCLA and Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Schaberg work in literary theory and comparative studies focuses on debates surrounding ancient Chinese texts and their historical and cultural significance.
Nicholas Shapiro [web], Assistant Professor at the Institute for Society and Genetics at UCLA. A multidisciplinary environmental researcher, Shapiro studies, and designs interventions into, issues of chemical contamination and climate change. He has worked tracking the quasi-legal resale of 120,000+ chemically contaminated housing units after Hurricane Katrina, developing air monitoring systems with communities impacted by unconventional natural gas extraction, and testing fossil fuel-free means of long distance air travel.
Pelle Snickars [web], Professor of Media Studies, Umeå University. Snickars’ research focuses the relationship between old and new media, media economy, digitization of cultural heritage and media history. Snickars is currently PI of the project “Welfare State Analytics. Text Mining and Modeling Swedish Politics, Media & Culture, 1945-1989” and co-ordinator of The Swedish Research Council’s DIGARV-programme. Snickars is the co-author of Spotify Teardown Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music (MIT Press, 2019). He was formerly Head of Research at the National Library in Sweden.
Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard [web], Postdoc in Digital Women’s Health at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She is researching and designing digital technologies around key areas of women’s health, such as reproductive and sexual health, and has worked with menstruation tracking, sex technologies, electromagnetic hypersensitivity and gendered voice assistants through co-design workshops, exhibitions, interviews and fieldwork. Publications include “Staying with the Trouble through Design Critical-feminist Design of Intimate Technology” (Ph.D. Dissertation, 2018) and “Soma Design and Politics of the Body” (co-authored, HTTF 2019). Juul Søndergaard is a co-organizer of the Stockholm Speculative Futures Chapter.
Danny Snelson [web], Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UCLA. Snelson’s research and teaching blend a study of poetry and poetics with work on digital and network cultures, material text studies, and media theory. He is developing a book project tentatively titled “The Little Database: A Poetics of Media Formats,” arguing for materially-invested readings of works of print, sound, and cinema from within new media contexts. Considering questions of scale, his study probes big data analysis on one hand, while operating in homage to the little magazine on the other. With a particular interest in the modes of media-specificity exercised by the historical avant-gardes, his research develops interdisciplinary tactics for addressing contemporary media practices. With Mashinka Firunts and Avi Alpert, he works as one-third of the academic performance group Research Service.
Sverker Sörlin [web], Professor of Environmental History, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Sörlin is a scholar, policy adviser and writer with a broad interest in the formation and function of knowledge. He is a widely read science writer and author of narrative non-fiction. Current research projects include historical images of Arctic futures and the environmental turn in the humanities and the social sciences. Sörlin recently received a European Research Council’s ERC Advanced Grant (€2.5 million) for “The Rise of Global Environmental Governance: A History of the Contemporary Human-Earth Relationship”. His most recent book is The Environment: A History of the Idea (Oct 2018, John Hopkins, with Paul Warde and Libby Robin, Science review/commentary).
Louis Tse, Thermal Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Executive Director for Students 4 Students. Tse builds spacecraft to study planets, including our own. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at UCLA in 2016, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in May 2011. He also co-founded Students 4 Students (formerly known as Bruin Shelter) while he was a Ph.D. student, which runs shelters that provide food and a safe place to live for students in need, and it is run entirely by students.