The ACT UP method, created by Dawn Stahura, is a way to look at information through a different lens - "as informed cultural producers of information (as opposed to being cultural consumers)." The ACT UP method is a way to critically evaluate information and places YOU, as a scholar, in the mix of the scholarly conversation. The ACT UP method asks questions that move us beyond just being passive consumers of information and asks that we consider different approaches to research and open the dialogue to be more inclusive of historically excluded groups. This means including voices from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQIA+ communities, and women, among others. It also places emphasis on being aware of the information you are consuming, producing, and sharing.
Each letter below spells out ACT UP. You can use these prompts to critically evaluate information sources.
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