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Improve Wikipedia's Coverage of Minorities and Underrepresented Groups

Thursday, October 25 @ the Du Bois Library
at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601, at UMass Amherst.

This edit-athon will focus on improving and writing Wikipedia content about women and underrepresented minorities who have contributed to the arts, literature, and science.

We look forward to seeing you there!



  • 9-9:15 am Introductions (statement of purpose/goals), run through day’s schedule
  • 9:15-10:30 am Workshop (facilitated by OIT)
  • 10:30 am-NOON Wikipedia page editing
  • NOON-1 pm LUNCH provided! (pizza, salad, beverages)
  • 1230 TALK : "Systemic Bias in Wikipedia"
  • 1-3 pm Wikipedia page editing
  • 3-3:15 pm Check In
  • 3:15-4:45 pm Wikipedia page editing
  • 4:45-5 pm Wrap-up/Review the day’s progress

Additional break-out sessions and on-the-spot training will be available throughout the day.

A one-day event for students, scholars, librarians, and Wikipedians to come together to edit and create Wikipedia pages. Help increase the Web presence of artists, authors, scientists, and historical figures from minority or under-represented groups. From 9-10:30 am, and in breakout sessions throughout the day, we will offer workshops in becoming a Wikipedia content contributor, including technical aspects of article authorship.

Anyone can contribute. Join us if you know a specific page you want to work on, you want to learn more about editing Wikipedia, or if you just want to pitch in. We will have people on hand to help with Wikipedia editing as well as laptops for those who need one.


  • Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 9-5. (Drop in at any time, for as long as you want. LUNCH provided!)


use: {{subst:Amherst edit-a-thon}}
  • Do you already know the Wikipedia page you’d like to edit? If you know what needs to be changed or added, be prepared to cite your sources. Since Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, any content or editing needs to follow conventions of neutrality and to cite published sources. Original research cannot be used. For more information, see:
  • Want to contribute but don’t have a specific page in mind? Great! We will have a list of people and works on hand for you.
  • Want to contribute but can’t make it? Please get this information out to as many people as possible! Send suggestions for Wikipedia pages that need to be added or edited to jmburrel [at] with a one-sentence description of the person or topic, or add their names to

  • Contact Julie (jmburrel [at]

What to bring
  • a laptop (but we'll have some if you don't)
  • ideas for articles, and supporting references for the article content
  • a friend or two! Bring along other people -- it's more fun and more productive too.


possible attendees[edit]

  • If someone wants to carpool in and out with me, and if I can get off of work, I'll come. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:04, 8 October 2012 (UTC)
where do you need a carpool to/from? --Lquilter (talk) 19:31, 8 October 2012 (UTC)
I can get to anywhere that can be reached on the regular Boston T (i.e. the red, blue, green, orange, and silver lines), so whatever works best for potential carpoolers in that respect. Sven Manguard Wha? 01:31, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
I know some other Boston people may be interested in participating virtually, so even if you can't get a ride out here, that may be an option. We could perhaps have a couple of computers set up to conference people in. --Lquilter (talk) 18:23, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
I might attend. Seems pretty fun to meet some of y'all wikipedians face to face and discuss some of these issues for real.--NWA.Rep (talk) 02:03, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

regrets for this event[edit]

Virtual Attendance[edit]

There is an IRC channel for easy conversation with off-site attendees during the Edit-athon. In addition, we will have a Google+ hangout available with live video feed; connect with Sarah Hutton schutton [at] gmail dot com become a part of the circle.


We want to increase the depth of coverage of women and underrepresented minorities in Wikipedia, especially among the arts, literature, and the sciences. We are taking suggestions of needed articles, so you can make suggestions even if you can't make it to the edit-a-thon.

Articles needing creation[edit]

Notable women in science

African American inventors & other scientists

African American mathematicians

Native American activists


Significant books and papers

Labor movement

Women in history

African American Authors

African American Theatre Artists

Modernist Proletarian Poets

Articles needing expansion[edit]

African American Theatre Artists

African American Authors

Black Feminism

Latino and Latina Cultural Figures

Modernist Proletarian Poets

See also[edit]

WikiProject: Countering systemic bias
This project creates new articles and improves neglected ones.


New articles
Improved articles

Lists of more to do!


Wikipedia projects
related edit-a-thons