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)." By looking at information through a cultural lens, we can begin to dismantle the oppressive systems in place in our society, including academia, and open the dialogue to more historically excluded groups such as women, BIPOC, and many others. "To ACT UP, means to actively engage in dismantling oppressions. To ACT UP means pushing against dominant narratives, oppressive hierarchies of knowledge production, and academic ivory tower definitions of expertise and scholarship." ("Evaluating Sources: ACT UP: Evaluating Sources," Salem State University, https://libguides.salemstate.edu/c.php?g=955102&p=6892068)
Each letter below spells out ACT UP. Use each letter and its associated questions to better evaluate your sources through this scholarly lens.
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