In December 2016, co-founders Toby Sharpe and Rianna Walcott were awarded an Innovation Initiative Grant by the University of Edinburgh Development Trust to create ‘Project Myopia’, connecting globally disparate people with concerns about education reform. This website is devoted to diversifying university curricula through crowdsourcing material from students, revolutionising the way that curricula are designed. We plan to display regular submissions of material (visual, literary, cinematic, musical etc) students feel their curricula would benefit from, focused on increasing diversity. We want more LGBTQ options, more works created by women, non-binary people, differently abled people and people of colour. These submissions take the form of semi-academic personal essays between 750-1000 words, explaining the work, its relevance to the reviewer’s personal experience, and most importantly where this work could fit on a university curriculum and why it is worthy of study. Our contributors are based in a range of countries, and we hope that this project will have a global impact in revolutionising pedagogical practices.
If you would like to contribute with artwork or a review, please email us at email@example.com with your name, institution (if applicable), and how you would like to get involved!
About the founders:
Toby Sharpe grew up in London, has two degrees from his time in Edinburgh, and misses living in Montréal. His interests are in queer identities, Jewish studies, depictions of the body and mind, and minority literatures. He co-founded Project Myopia because he was sick of being told that if he wanted change, he should make it happen himself: well… voila.
Rianna Walcott is a research masters student at The University of Edinburgh, studying fiction from the black diaspora. She realised some years ago that people don’t respect minorities because they don’t understand them, and her determination to increase visibility of marginalised people stems from there. She spends a lot of time fighting anonymous racists on the internet, and has decided to pour that pent up rage into something more productive. Mainly, she’s looking for the respect she would get automatically, were she a straight white man.
Runner-up in sparqs 2017 Student Engagement awards, for ‘A student-led initiative across the college or university which demonstrates a clear commitment to equality and diversity and has had an impact across the organisation.’
Nominated for a EUSA impact award 2017