Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Period of Performance

6/1/2021 - 5/31/2024

Funding Totals

$150,000.00 (approved)
$150,000.00 (awarded)

Shop Girls to Show Girls: Teaching Resources on New York's Working Class for Community College Students

FAIN: AE-277675-21

FIT (New York, NY 10001-5992)
Kyunghee Pyun (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Rebecca Hope Bauman (Co Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Vincent G. Quan (Co Project Director: December 2020 to present)

The development of curriculum and resources illuminating the history of labor in career areas such as fashion design, retail services, and advertising and marketing.

"Shop Girls to Show Girls" an interdisciplinary project intended to improve student understanding of the historical contexts for the professional fields they are pursuing. The initiative is being developed to address needs initially identified by faculty during a pilot project at FIT. The pilot revealed that the inclusion of robust labor history in pre-professional course curricula can have broad value for a diversity of disciplines at community colleges. "Shop Girls to Show Girls" is grounded on the premise that the humanities bring essential context and a deeper subject understanding to pre-profession studies. By learning about the historical influences that have shaped the professions they will enter, community college students will be better-prepared for the demands of the 21st-century workplace. This knowledge will enhance their own careers and potentially empower them to improve the industries in which they are working.

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Program (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Program
Author: Kyunghee Pyun
Abstract: This session is to present a three-year interdisciplinary research project called Shop Girls to Show Girls: Teaching Resources on New York’s Working Class for Community College Students funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Education Grant from 2021 to 2024. Professors in the School of Business and Technology have participated in this project upon collaboration with professors in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Professors in Fashion Business Management will present case studies. There have been three modes: 1) Inserted segment in the form of mini lesson: anecdotes like film clips or interview used prompts to emphasize labor conditions, sometimes using life experiences of teachers or known figures; 2) A full lesson plan with a unit of more structured teaching using readings, digital resources, lectures, and discussions to spend 3-6 hours; 3) A new course: some faculty fellows are writing a new course focusing on a specific industry’s labor conditions or a group’s working conditions. The website ( makes types of materials available: film clips, newspaper articles, job ads, lyrics of popular songs, census data, art works, graphic posters, Panelists will emphasize upcoming opportunities for collaboration: presenting at conferences, writing a book together, or applying for research grants.
Date: 03/08/2023
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