2019 Schedule

Conference on Community Writing™
"Doing the Work"


Happy Hour Meet-and-Greet; Registration Opens (4:30pm-6:30pm)


All events before lunch are on Drexel University Campus

Registration (7:00am-12:00pm)

Atrium in Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

Coffee (7:00-8:00am)

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University and Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University
Atrium in Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

Chairs’ and Dean’s Welcome & Announcements (8:00-8:20)

Atrium in Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Auditorium Rm 120

  • Veronica House, Rachel Wenrick, and Valerie Ross
  • Dr. Norma Bouchard, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University

WORKSHOPS (8:30-10:00)

Co-sponsored by Swarthmore College, York College, Arcadia University, LaSalle University, Haverford College, Montclair State University, Neumann University, and West Chester University, and Jefferson University

W1. From the Streets to the Archives and Back Again: Doing History in Philadelphia
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Rm 103

  • Elizabeth Kimball (Drexel University)
  • Amanda Moulder (University of San Diego)
  • Sophia Bell (St. John’s University)

W2. Meditating on the Work, Embodying Activism: Cultivating Breath and Body Awareness to Grow a More Holistic Writing Praxis
Korman Center, Writing Center

  • Abby Orenstein (University of the Arts)
  • Nicole Turnipseed (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)

W3.    Writing for Social Change: Launching Writing Workshops in Jails, Schools, and Communities
MacAlister Hall, University Club, Sky View Room

  • Laurel Janssen Breen (Herstory Writers Workshop)
  • Erika Duncan (Herstory Writers Workshop)
  • Amber Davis (Herstory Writers Workshop)
  • Dawn Littles (Herstory Writers Workshop)

W4. Writing for Change: A Workshop for Collaborating with Nonprofits
Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall North

  • Aimée Knight (Saint Joseph’s University)
  • Emma Brenner (Saint Joseph’s University)
  • Kelly O’Malley (Saint Joseph’s University)
  • Shannon Pepe (Saint Joseph’s University)
  • Max Rosenfeld (Saint Joseph’s University)

W5. Convening of Writers-in-Residence (closed meeting in Writers Room)
MacAlister Hall, Writers Room
Facilitator: Kirsten Kaschock (Drexel University)

  • Anna Arcello (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • April Conway (University of Michigan)
  • Candace Epps-Robertson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Amanda Fields (Central Connecticut State University)
  • Michelle Lafrance (George Mason University)
  • Danielle R Littman (University of Denver)
  • Janel McCloskey (Drexel University)
  • Carol Richardson McCullough (Writers Room)
  • Amy Patterson (Clemson University)
  • Teigha VanHester (Illinois State University)

Coffee Break on your own (10:00-10:30)

WORKSHOPS (10:30-12:00)

Co-sponsored by Norton Publishing and Macmillan Learning

W6. ROUNDTABLE: Social Innovation and Community Writing: Mapping Convergences, Challenges, and Futures
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Rm 103

  • Sean McCarthy (James Madison University)
  • Dawn Opel (Michigan State University)
  • Joined virtually by Jeff Grabill and Erik Skogsberg (MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology)

W7. Doing The Work / Bridging the Gap: High School and College Writing Partnerships
McAllister Hall, Liberty View Room

  • Rosanne Carlo (College of Staten Island)
  • David Allen (College of Staten Island)
  • Deirdre Armitage (College of Staten Island)
  • Contessa McNulty (NYC Department of Education)
  • Harry Thorne (College of Staten Island)

W8. Strategies and Tactics in Learning Network Design for Writers Inside and Out of Carceral Spaces
Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall South

  • Sarah Stanley (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Jody Hassel (Blossom House Yoga)
  • Lucie Anderson (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Eleanor Lynch (University of Alaska Fairbanks) 
  • Katherine Leinberger (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Kendell Newman Sadiik (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

 W9. Presence, Not Escape: Self-Care as Self-Activism
Korman Center, Writing Center

  • Patricia Rennie (Community College of Baltimore County)
  • Stephanie Briggs (Community College of Baltimore County)
  • David Hewitt (Community College of Baltimore County)

W10.  How Editors Can Build Solidarity and Help Change Scholarly Publishing in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies: A Roundtable Discussion
MacAlister Hall, University Club, Sky View Room

  • Don Unger, Co-Chair, Spark
  • Sherri Craig, Co-Chair, Spark
  • Candace Epps-Robertson, constellations
  • Paul Feigenbaum, Community Literacy Journal
  • Laurie Grobman, Reflections: Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric
  • Deborah Mutnick, Reflections: Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric
  • Steve Parks, NCTE: Studies in Writing and Rhetoric
  • Iris Ruiz, Latinx Writing and Rhetoric
  • Donnie Sackey, enculturation

W11. Grant Writing and Fundraising
Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall North

  • Roslyn Rogers Collins (President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ)
  • Dominic Dellicarpini (York College)
  • Eli Goldblatt (Temple University)
  • Michael Roberson Reid (Host/Creative Director of The Punk Rock Barbershop podcast)
  • Jessica Restaino (Montclair State University)

Lunch on your own & travel to DeepThink Tanks (12:00-1:45)

Drexel’s shuttle to Center City takes you right by the Free Library of Philadelphia, Barnes Foundation, and the Academy of Natural Sciences.

DeepThink Tanks (2:00-4:00)

Co-sponsored by Temple University English Department
All spaces generously sponsored in-kind by our partnering institutions

DTT1. Essential Questions for Decolonial and Anti-Racist Teaching
Location: Barnes Foundation, Maguire Garden Pavillion

  • Terese Guinsatao Monberg (Michigan State University)
  • Iris Ruiz (University of California, Merced)
  • Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (Mighty Writers)
  • Barbara Wong (Barnes Foundation)

DTT2. Education as Liberation: Developing Political Literacy Across Educational Spaces
Location: Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania 

  • Andres Celin (Youth United For Change)
  • Christin Rosario (Girl Power)
  • Sarah Zeller-Berkman (Academic Director Of Youth Studies Programs, CUNY School Of Professional Studies)

DTT3. Building Capacity for Advocacy: Research to Action in Science
Location: Academy of Natural Sciences, Darwin Room

  • Kathryn Christopher (Academy Of Natural Sciences, Drexel University)
  • Phillip Knight (Food Bank Council Of Michigan)
  • Dawn Opel (Michigan State University)
  • Donnie Sackey (The University Of Texas At Austin)

DTT 4. Our Struggle, Our Joy: Immigrant Activism, Storysharing, and Community Building
Location: Free Library of Philadelphia, Main Lobby

  • Sara Alvarez (Queens College, CUNY)
  • Steven Alvarez (St. John’s University)
  • Angie Kim (Immigrant Activist)
  • Mark Lyons (Philadelphia Storytelling Project)
  • Liliana Velasquez (Author of Dreams And Nightmares)

DTT 5. Resisting Gentrification: Sharing Our Stories
Location: Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Ryan Hall

  • Ayana Allen-Handy (Drexel University)
  • Nora Lichtash (Women’s Community Revitalization Project)
  • Lauren Lowe (Drexel University)
  • Staci Moore (Women’s Community Revitalization Project)

Reading & Q&A with Lilianna Velásquez, Dreams and Nightmares  (4:45-5:15)

Location: Free Library of Philadelphia, Main Lobby

Keynote & Mural Activation with Michelle Angela Ortiz (5:15-6:00)
Amplifying Community Voices through Public Art

co-sponsored by Writers Room, Drexel

Free Library of Philadelphia

Awards Reception (6:15-7:30)

appetizers and cash bar, co-sponsored by The University of Arkansas Brown Chair for English Literacy

Location: Academy of Natural Sciences (Dinosaur Hall)
(open to registered conference attendees only)

  • Tribute to Eli Goldblatt, presented by Jessica Restaino
  • Award for Outstanding College/Community Project in Community Writing, presented by committee chair, Allen Brizee
  • Award for Outstanding Book in Community Writing, presented by committee chair, Paula Mathieu
  • Award for Distinguished Engaged Scholar in Community Writing, presented by committee chair, Donnie Sackey


Shuttle Loop 7:15-9:15 to Dornsife Center (pick up at corner of 33rd & Market) All sessions take place at Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships Mansion/Carriage House/School, Drexel University

Schmear It Bagels and Coffee (7:30)

Location: Dornsife Center
sponsored by the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, CCUE/School of Education, and Department of English and Philosophy/UWP, Drexel University


Location: S210, Ryan Hall


A1. Right to Write
S 109, Ryan Hall
Chair: Lou Maraj
Get it how we live it: DBLAC’s Racially Open and Closed Community Writing Spaces

  • Khirsten Scott (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Lou Maraj (University of Pittsburgh)

Write on Race, To Get Right on Race

  •  Nicketa Coombs (University of Missouri)

Alliances/Accomplices: Immigrant Rights through Writing

  •  Glenn Hutchinson (Florida International University)

A2. Youth /Student Activism
M205, Lindy House
Chair: Joshua Semerjian
Community-Engaged Teaching: How Children and Youth Can Learn About Hegemony

  • Joshua Semerjian (University of California, Merced)

Youth Journalism and Public Writing, A Dialogue Across Difference

  • Anne Zanzucchi (University of California, Merced)

Student Activist Literacies as Counterstorytelling in Neoliberal New York City

  • Anna Zeemont (City University of New York, Graduate Center)

A3. Is This Really Liberating?: Literacy, Circulation, and the Prison Industrial Complex
S210, Ryan Hall
Chair: Patrick Berry
Involvement and Detachment: Confronting the Paradox of Community Engagement (and Research) in Prison

  • Patrick Berry (Syracuse University)

Visible Hope/Visible Violence: Sponsoring Queer Literacies in Prison

  • Alexandra Cavallaro (California State University, San Bernardino)

New Mexico’s Historical Penal Press: The Enchanted Space of Possibility

  • Sally Benson (University of Arizona)

A4. Working to Flourish: What Students Tell us about Happiness
S209A, Ryan Hall
Chair: Laurie Cella

  • Laurie Cella (Shippensburg University)
  • Nicole Hewitt (Shippensburg University)
  • Lisa Saliga (Shippensburg Boys and Girls Club)

A5. Community Writing IS Our Work: The Creation and Maintenance of an Upper Division Community Writing Class in a Research University
M104, Lindy House
Chair: Kathy Patterson
Metacognition, Theory, and Praxis: The Work of Community Writing

  •  Kathy Patterson (UC Santa Barbara)

Changing Perceptions of the Work We Do: What Students and Teachers Say and How They Say It

  • Christopher Dean (UC Santa Barbara)

Implementing, Supporting, and Recognizing the Transformational Potential of Community Writing: What Institutions Can Do

  • James Donelan (UC Santa Barbara)

A6. Resilience in the Work
S206, Ryan Hall
Chair: Allen Brizee
What Happens When We Fail?: A Model for Building Resilient Community-Based Research

  • Allen Brizee (Loyola University Maryland)

Community writing as professional writing: Using theory to fix a failed business writing Course

  • Seth Myers (University of Colorado Boulder)

Students Doing the Work of Grant Writing for Local Nonprofits

  • Margaret Thomas-Evans (Indiana University East)
  • Melanie Yohe (Indiana University East)

A7. The Power of Storytelling
M204, Lindy House
Chair: Petger Schaberg
Every Community Story Is an Epic Story

  • Scott Rogers (Pacific Lutheran University)

Standing Our Ground with Community Engaged Writing

  •  Petger Schaberg (University of Colorado Boulder)

Unearthing & Sustaining Relationships through Storytelling: A Case Study

  • Christina Lane (Oklahoma State University) (SKYPE)

A8. Mapping in Four Dimensions: Complexity and Mindfulness in a Community Project
C204, Carriage House
Chair: Joyce Meier

  • Joyce Meier (Michigan State University)
  • Cheryl Caesar (Michigan State University)
  • David Medei (Michigan State University)

A9. Measuring the “Messy”: Assessing Assumptions, Attentions, and Affect in Community Engagement Work
S107, Ryan Hall
Chair: Jennifer Bay

  • Jennifer Bay (Purdue University)
  • Erin Brock Carlson (West Virginia University)
  • Megan Faver Hartline (Trinity College)

A10. Memory Work: Life Stories and Communal Memory at the Intersection of Community Writing and Eldercare
S209B, Ryan Hall
Chair: Katherine Silvester

  • Katherine Silvester (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Joan Linton (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Jan Bays (Jill’s House)


B1. Race and Educational Justice
S109, Ryan Hall
Chair: Allison Ragland
Black Mothers’ Stories as Critical Black Literacies of Community

  • Elaine Richardson (The Ohio State University)

Three Eras of Anti-Blackness, Ideological Surveillance, and Mental Captivity

  • Allison Ragland (The Ohio State University)

B2. Our Bodies, Our Writing
S210, Ryan Hall
Chair: Dawn Opel
Doing the Work of Health Literacy: Our Bodies, Ourselves, Radical Feminist Print Culture, and Technocapitalism

  •  Dawn Opel (Michigan State University)
  •  Jacqueline Rhodes (Michigan State University)
Our Bodies for Theirs: Writing, Acting, and Advocating for LGBTQ Rights in Alabama through Community Engaged Theater
  • Nichole Lariscy (University of Alabama at Birmingham) 

(Re)Presenting the Disabled Body: The Rhetorical Implications of Online Community Membership for People with Disabilities

  • Deanna Laurette (Wayne State University)

B3.  Reciprocity and Responsiveness
S209B, Ryan Hall
Chair: Rachael Shah
Community-Responsive Partnerships Through Participatory Evaluation

  • Rachael Shah (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Reciprocity as Community Listening: From Service-Learning to Community Engagement

  • Sherita Roundtree (Towson University)

Reciprocity in Community Writing

  • Amelia Hizer (Indiana University Bloomington)

B4. Relationship Building
M103, Lindy House
Chair: Samuel Head
“Are we on the same page?” Using Macro-Rhetoric to Address Labor Distribution in Service-Learning

  •  Samuel Head (The Ohio State University)

Among Lands and Publics: The Work of Tending Relationships in a Farming Community

  • Eric Sepenoski (Northeastern University)

Teaching Writing in the Community

  • Fayyaz Vellani (University of Pennsylvania)

B5. Community Writing Centers
C204, Carriage House
Chair: Mark Latta
The Decolonizing Community Writing Center

  •  Mark Latta (Indiana University, Indianapolis)

Groundwork: Beginning Community Writing Programs in Rural Areas

  • Jonathan L. Bradshaw (Western Carolina University)

Community Writing Centers: An Evolution of University Writing Centers

  • Nadira Branch (Fulbright Scholar – Haiti and Cote d’Ivoire) (SKYPE)

B6. Justice Entrepreneurship: Incubating the Work of Community Literacy in Pittsburgh
S206, Ryan Hall
Chair: Paul Feigenbaum

YES: Embodying the Spirit of Justice Entrepreneurship

  •  Floyd Jones (Youth Enrichment Services)

Pattern Matching for Grit

  •  Paul Feigenbaum (Florida International University)

YES Incubator: Changing Narratives About Who Can Be an Entrepreneur

  • Denise Jones (Youth Enrichment Services)
  • Lori McLaughlin (Youth Enrichment Services)

B7. Reframing the Narrative: From Behind Bars to Raising the Bar
S209A, Ryan Hall
Chair: Michelle Baptiste
Cultivating Student Voice through Texts that are Relevant and Gripping

  • Michelle Baptiste (University of California, Berkeley)

Leadership and Letters on the Inside Translate into Opportunity on the Outside

  • Jamie Rose Hein (University of California, Berkeley)

B8. Weaponizing Literacy: The Social and Physical Violence of Literacy
S108, Ryan Hall
Chair: Kirk Branch
How Jim Crow Learned Literacy: The Eight Box Law and the Violence of Literacy

  •  Kirk Branch (Montana State University)

When Literacy Becomes Personally Violent Through the Appropriation of Authorship

  • Lauren Rosenberg (University of Texas El Paso)

#ClarityIsReasonable: Working Against Institutional Power Through Church Policy Scoring

  • Dakoda Smith (University of Louisville)

B9. How Community Writing Does the Work of the Writing Studies Major
S107, Ryan Hall
Chair: Elisabeth Miller

  • Elisabeth Miller (University of Nevada–Reno)
  • Rebecca Lorimer Leonard (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Chris Earle (University of Nevada–Reno)

B10. Technical and Professional Communication
M205, Lindy House
Chair: Lisa Dush
Designing for Complex and Extended Partnership Projects in Technical and Professional Writing

  • Lisa Dush (DePaul University)

The Preservation of Work: Technical Communication at the Antique Ice Tool Museum

  • Kyle Vealey (West Chester University)

Enhancing Sustainable Community Partnerships Through Technical Documentation

  • Timothy J. Elliott (DePaul University)


C1. Antiracist, Activist, Transformational Practice
S210, Ryan Hall
Chair: Phyllis Ryder
Rhetorical Listening and Bothering: What Al Letson’s Interview with Richard Spencer Suggests for Community Engaged Writing Outcomes

  •  Phyllis Ryder (George Washington University)

Enacting Institutional Change in the Global University

  • Amy Wan (Queens College)

Decolonizing the Humanities Classroom: Historical Trauma and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome in Mainstream Curricula

  • Ana Hale (Fort Lewis College)
  • Katherine Potter (Fort Lewis College)

C2. Community Listening: A Roundtable Conversation
S109, Ryan Hall
Co-Chairs: Jenn Fishman and Lauren Rosenberg

  • Jenn Fishman (Marquette University)
  • Lauren Rosenberg (University of Texas, El Paso)
  • Wendy Hinshaw (Florida Atlantic University)
  • Heather Lindenman (Elon University)
  • Justin Lohr (University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Erica Stone (Texas Tech University)

C3.  Speaking Out: A Youth Journalism Nonprofit Reflects on the Work
S206, Ryan Hall
Chair: Kathryn Gindlesparger
Continuing the VOICES Work: The Ethics of Representation in General Education Reflective Writing

  • Kathryn Gindlesparger (Thomas Jefferson University)

Continuing the VOICES Work: The Early Career Relevance of Youth Journalism

  • Jennifer Thall (Heller Consulting)

Continuing the Work of VOICES: Teaching Journalists to Tell the Stories that are Overlooked

  • Sarah Garrecht Gassen (The Arizona Daily Star)

Continuing the Work of VOICES: Power and Privilege in Grant Funding

  • Regina Kelly (Pima County Government)

C4. The South Jersey Poets Collective on Creative Writing and Community Listening
S107, Ryan Hall
Chair: Nancy Reddy

  • Nancy Reddy (Stockton University)
  • Emari DiGiorgio (Stockton University)
  • Belinda S. Manning (South Jersey Poets Collective)
  • Jacalyn Shelley (South Jersey Poets Collective)

C5. Food and Environment
M205, Lindy House
Chair: Barbara George
Work: An Energy Activist Case Study of Intersectional, Precautionary and Environmental Justice

  • Barbara George (Kent State University)

Messy Plates: How Food-Themed Writing Courses Can Teach Entangled Epistemologies for the Anthropocene

  • Mark Houston (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Stone Soup and Food Security: Stirring Human Rights into First-Year Composition

  • Andrea Paolini (University of Pittsburgh, Moshi Cooperative University, Tanzania) (SKYPE)

C6. Radical Possibilities for Prison – University Connections
M104, Lindy House
Chair & Respondent: Tobi Jacobi (Colorado State University)
Lessons From Halden Prison: Observations and Reflections on the Possibilities of Radically Humane Practices

  • Hollyce Giles (Guilford College)
  • Glenn Hudak (University of North Carolina Greensboro)

Embracing Abolitionist Futures: The University, the Prison, and Radical Horizons for College-in-Prison Programing

  • Logan Middleton (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

C7. Gardens, Puppies, & Storytelling: Mapping, Managing, and Maintaining Local and National Projects
S209A, Ryan Hall
Chair: Lara Smith-Sitton
The Distance Between Us: Managing National Partnerships for Local Immigration-Related Projects

  • Lara Smith-Sitton (Kennesaw State University)

Who Let the Dogs Out: Managing Large Scale Community-Engaged Projects

  • Kim Haimes-Korn (Kennesaw State University)

Moving & Mapping: Finding New Partners for Community Garden Writing Projects

  • Stephanie Wade (Bates College)

C8. Writing Beyond the University Gates: Reflections on Community Partnerships and Pedagogy
S209B, Ryan Hall
Chair: Ben Pack
Student Choice and Student/Partner Initiatives in a Community Engagement Themed Writing Course

  • Emily Artiano (University of Southern California)

Wow, You’re a Great Writer — So Why Don’t I See This Level of Work From You in Class?

  • Ben Pack (University of Southern California)

Challenges to Reassessing Student Expertise

  • John Murray (University of Southern California)

Stories of the Truly Free

  • Stephanie Bower (University of Southern California)
  • Jena Hosking (Miracle Messages)

C9. Living the “Work”: Community Accountability Within and Beyond the Institution
C204, Carriage House
Chair: Vani Kannan

  • Vani Kannan (Lehman College, CUNY)
  • Latoya Sawyer (St. John’s University)
  • Tamara Issak (St. John’s University)
  • Ben Kuebrich (West Chester University)
  • Yanira Rodríguez (West Chester University)

C10. The Documentary Impulse in Community-Engaged Writing
S108, Ryan Hall
Chair: Deborah Mutnick

The “Angel of History” and the Documentary Impulse

  •  Deborah Mutnick (Long Island University)

Documenting a Local Activist History as a Form of Advocacy

  • Christopher Wilkey (Northern Kentucky University)

Outsiders, Insiders: Negotiating a Collaborative Documentary Project

  •  Laurie Grobman (Penn State Berks)

Reanimating Racial Justice by Documenting Activist Histories

  • Shannon Carter (Texas A&M University Commerce)

Lunch On Your Own (Wok Works food truck available on site) (11:45-1:30) &

PowerNotes Presentation with Valerie Ross (University of Pennsylvania): “Digital Tools & Activist Scholarship:  Using PowerNotes to Collect and Disseminate Research on Gentrification for Neighborhood Organizations”, open to all conference participants (12:15-12:45)
Location: S109, Ryan Hall

As co-founder of a Registered Community Organization (RCO), West Philadelphians for Progressive Planning & Preservation (WP3P), Valerie Ross will describe how she uses digital tools, including PowerNotes, to collaborate with students, neighbors and other community activists to stem gentrification/structural racism, promote affordable housing, and advocate for the environment. Acquiring a reputation as an “academic” advocacy organization, WP3P has created an approach that allows for collection, synthesis, dissemination of scholarship useful to activists, thereby adding to the meaning of “activist scholarship” as defined by Hale (2008)–scholarship that aligns itself with an organized group in struggle. Activist scholarship strives to be collaborative and engaged in political work, with the understanding (borrowed in part from Gramsci) that research and political engagement enrich each other, and that knowledge is vital to social action.

and CCW Book Club meeting, open to all conference participants (12:15-1:30)
Location: S210, Ryan Hall
We welcome conference participants to attend our open Book Club discussion of Liliana Velásquez’s Dreams and Nightmaresthe memoir of Liliana’s flight from Guatemala to the United States at age 14 and her struggles once she arrived here.

CCW Board of Directors meeting begins (closed meeting, 12:15-2:45)

Location: Imbesi Dining Room, Lindy House


D1. Racialized Memories: Acts of Erasure, Confrontation, and Participatory Tourism
M205, Lindy House
Chair: April O’Brien
Composing Counter-Stories: Using Virtual Reality and Community Engagement to Circulate Erased Histories

  •  April O’Brien (Sam Houston State University)

Talking to Visitors About Their Own Biases: Opportunities and Shortfalls at the NMAI’s Americans

  • Lisa King (University of Tennessee-Knoxville)

Sonic Gentrification: Opportunities and Challenges for Community-Engaged Sound Studies

  • Leigh Elion (Oxford College of Emory University)

D2. Something to Say: Toward New Definitions of Student Success in Camden In-School and Out-of-School-Time Creative Writing Partnerships
S210, Ryan Hall
Chair: Leah Falk 

  • Leah Falk (Writers House at Rutgers-Camden)
  • Catherine Buck (Rutgers University–Camden)
  • Mariam Williams (Rutgers Early College Humanities Program)
  • Stephanie Cawley (Murphy Writing/Stockton University)

D3. Community Publishing
S206, Ryan Hall
Chair: Jessica Pauszek
The Work of Publishing in “Community Publishing”

  •  Carol Spaulding-Kruse (Drake University)

Transnational Community Publishing in the Composition Classroom

  • Jessica Pauszek (Texas A&M University – Commerce)

Phenomenal Women: Oral History Outreach to Foster Shared Experience

  • Karen Schubert (Lit Youngstown)
  • Liz Hill (Project Manager, Phenomenal Women oral history book and project)

D4. Circulating Stories of Homelessness and Housing Instability: Composing Music and Developing a Content Strategy in Support of Social Change
C101, Carriage House
Chair: Ben Lauren

  • Ben Lauren (Michigan State University)
  • Jared Milburn (Michigan State University)
  • Eric Rodriguez (Michigan State University)
  • Shannon Kelly (Michigan State University)

D5. Justice, Embodiment, and Getting Work Done
M104, Lindy House
Chair: Mary Chayko
Social Media for Social Justice: Using Social Media in the Classroom to Facilitate Students’ Social Justice “Work”

  • Mary Chayko (Rutgers University)

Embodied Identities, Embodied Communities: Empowering Students to Work Across Difference through an Ecofeminist Community Writing Pedagogy

  •  Rachel Dortin (Wayne State University)

Malinche, Metis, and Hephaestus Getting Work Done in the Composition Classroom

  •  Karen Tellez-Trujillo (New Mexico State University)

D6. Gen-Ed, WAC, and Community Writing
S209B, Ryan Hall
Chair: Daniel Singer
Gen-Ed Revisions and Community Engagement: Opportunities for Alignment and Potential Pitfalls

  • Lillian Campbell (Marquette University)

Who Else Besides Us? Community-Engaged Writing Across the Curriculum

  • Daniel Singer (University of Denver)
  • Alison Turner (University of Denver)

Places and Spaces of Writing: Community Writing as Genre and What a Geocultural Perspective of Difference can have for WAC

  •  Nicole Cunningham-Frisbey (University of New Hampshire)

D7. Walking a Tightrope: Balancing Authority and Advocacy in Community Partnerships
S107, Ryan Hall
Chair: Katelyn Lusher
Circulating Activism Through the Archives

  •  Katelyn Lusher (University of Cincinnati)
  • Gabriela Godinez (Editor, Streetvibes; Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition) 

“Everything is sex, except sex, which is power”: The Idealized LGBTQ+ Writing Group and the Hierarchies Within

  • Hillary Weiss (Wayne State University)

Fostering Transformative Alliances Amidst Tensions: Radical Coalitional Rhetoric in Prison Literacy Work

  • Celena Todora (University of Pittsburgh)

D8.  WORKSHOP: Community Writing and Food Justice: Communal Storytelling and Writing Projects with Farmers and Gardeners (DOUBLE SESSION, PART 1 of 2)
S108, Ryan Hall
Chair: Stephanie Wade

  • Sarah Moon (Massachusetts Maritime Academy)
  • Eileen Schell (Syracuse University)
  • Stephanie Wade (Bates College)

D9. Narratives of Risk and/in Community Writing
C204, Carriage House
Chair: Jason Luther

  • Jason Luther (Rowan University)
  • Kristi Girdharry (Babson College)
  • Charles Lesh (Auburn University)
  • Rachel Lewis (Northeastern University)

D10. Communities in Action: Re-envisioning Scholar-Activism
S109, Ryan Hall
Chair: Isabel Baca

  • Isabel Baca (University of Texas at El Paso)
  • Yndalecio Hinojosa (Texas A&M Corpus Christi)
  • Jasmine Villa (East Stroudsburg University)


E1. Prison Writing, Literacies, and Communities: A Roundtable Conversation
S109, Ryan Hall
Chair: Tobi Jacobi

  • Tobi Jacobi (Colorado State University)
  • Wendy Hinshaw (Florida Atlantic University)
  • Patrick Berry (Syracuse University)
  • Rachel Lewis (Northeastern University)
  • Logan Middleton (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Bidhan Roy (California State University Los Angeles)
  • Lara Smith-Sitton (Kennesaw State University)
  • Celena Todora (University of Pittsburgh)

E2. Antiracism in the Discipline and the Academy 
S210, Ryan Hall
Chair: Sarah Webb
The Communal Callout: Disciplinary Antiracism and the Benevolent Gaslight

  • Louis Maraj (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Pritha Prasad (University of Kansas)

What Annalise Keating Taught Me About the Job and the Work

  •  Sarah Webb (University of Illinois Springfield)

Write on, sistas!: Black women transcending the academy through writing

  • Darlene Russell (William Paterson University)
  • Tabora Johnson (Medgar Evers College)

E3. Community oriented, centered, and directed writing: Contextualizing our research and writing on community projects with migrant and racialized groups
S206, Ryan Hall
Chair: Paloma Villegas
Telling the Story: Precarious Status Migrant Students Rewriting their Goals and Desires for Postsecondary Access in Canada

  • Paloma Villegas (California State University, San Bernardino)

Recognizing Our Presence: Supporting a County ID Project From the Ground Up

  • Francisco Villegas (Kalamazoo College)

The Schooling Experiences and Hopes of Latina/o Youth in Alternative School

  • Edwin Hernandez (California State University, San Bernardino)

E4. Community Literacy and Superdiversity: Doing the Work Across Space, Time, and Culture
Imbesi Dining Room, Lindy House
Chair: Gemma Cooper-Novack
Transitioning From English Language Learner to Teacher

  • Hamdi Farah (North Side Learning Center)

Collaborative Writing and Teaching: Navigating Writing in Educational Culture

  • Gemma Cooper-Novack (Syracuse University)

Networking Family Literacies: Following the Collective Work of One Somali Family

  • Brice Nordquist (Syracuse University)

E5. Design Thinking and Technical Writing
M104, Lindy House
Chair: Sonya Green
Writing Community: Design Thinking in Ten Years

  • John Monberg (Michigan State University)

Community Writing gets Technical: Using the Theory of Design Thinking to Create a Community of Writers

  • Sonya Green (Lipscomb University)

Community Writing gets Technical: A Learning Calendar*

  •  Kirsten Boatwright (Lipscomb University)

E6.   Long-term Impacts of Engaged Learning
C204, Carriage House
Chair: Linda Flower
Community Engaged Education: Building the Case for Its Personal, Professional and Public Outcomes

  •  Linda Flower (Carnegie Mellon University)

Community Audiences: Considering the Link Between Writing Transfer and Civic Engagement

  • Jessica Pisano (University of North Carolina Asheville)

The Long-Term Effects of Service-Learning on Composition Students

  • Christopher Iverson (The University of Connecticut)

E7.  Interdisciplinary Collaborations
S107, Ryan Hall
Chair: Heather Lettner-Rust
Geographies of Citizenship: Performing Place in an Interdisciplinary Capstone Course

  • Patrick Bahls (University of North Carolina, Asheville)

 30 minute: Integrative Teaching and Learning: The Intersection of Three Disciplines in the Classroom

  • Heather Lettner-Rust (Longwood University)
  • Michael Mergen (Longwood University)
  • Cameron Patterson (Robert Russa Moton Museum)
  • Rita Moseley (Prince Edward County author-citizen)

E8. Feminism and Community Writing
S209A, Ryan Hall
Chair: Sasha Maceira
The Notes Behind the Music: Exploring the Impact of Program Writing on the Feminist Message of ANNA Crusis

  • Julie Malsbury (ANNA Crusis) with choir members

Stalled Stories: Searching for Female Voice in Safe Places

  • Sasha Maceira (City University of New York)

Doing the Work: Lessons from Literacy Heroines

  • Alice Horning (Oakland University)

E9. Managing Expectations: The Real Work of Community Writing Programs
M205, Lindy House
Chair: Zach Frederick
Teaching Writing in the County Jail: Defining Success

  • Zach Frederick (SLCC Community Writing Center)

Negotiating Expectations with our Community

  • Sabita Bastakoti (SLCC Community Writing Center)

Evolving to Meet Community Needs: 20 Years of the DiverseCity Writing Series

  • George Relyea (SLCC Community Writing Center)

E10.  WORKSHOP: Community Writing and Food Justice: Communal Storytelling and Writing Projects with Farmers and Gardeners (DOUBLE SESSION, PART 2 of 2)
S108, Ryan Hall
Chair: Stephanie Wade

  • Sarah Moon (Massachusetts Maritime Academy)
  • Eileen Schell (Syracuse University)
  • Stephanie Wade (Bates College)

E11. Shared Stories: Canon TRIPOD at Writers Room/ Growing the Field: Mentoring in Community Writing
S209B, Ryan Hall
Moderator: Jennifer Johnson Kebea (Executive Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement)

  • Lauren Lowe (Writers Room, Drexel University)
  • Kyle Howey (Writers Room, Drexel University)
  • Natasha Hajo (Writers Room, Drexel University)
  • Devin Welsh (Writers Room, Drexel University)
  • Victoria Huggins-Peurifoy (Writers Room, Drexel University)
  • Rosalyn Cliett (Writers Room, Drexel University)
  • Keyssh Datts (Writers Room, Drexel University)

Travel on your own to Open House at The Critical Writing Program,
3718 Locust Walk, McNeil Building, Suite 110, University of Pennsylvania campus (4:30 -5:30)

appetizers and drinks sponsored by The Critical Writing Program, UPenn

(open to registered conference attendees only)

Keynote Address w/ Q&A, Carmen Kynard:
“All I Need is One Mic”: A Black Feminist Community Meditation on the Work, the Job, and the Hustle
(and Why So Many of Yall Confuse This Stuff)

Irvine Auditorium, UPenn campus (5:45-7:00)
co-sponsored by the Vice Provost for University Life and The Critical Writing Program, University of Pennsylvania
& Reading, Writing, & Literacy, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania


Shuttle Loop 7:15-9:15 to Dornsife Center (pick up at corner of 33rd & Market)

All sessions take place at Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships Mansion/Carriage House/School, Drexel University

Schmear It Bagels and Coffee (7:30)

Location: Dornsife Center
sponsored by the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, CCUE/School of Education, and Department of English and Philosophy/UWP, Drexel University


F1. Archival / Historical Work
M205, Lindy House
Chair: Soyeon Lee
Remembering the Flooded City: Enacting Civic Literacy by Working in the Archives in the FYW classroom

  • Soyeon Lee (University of Houston and Houston Community College)

Flickering Light: Literacy, Filmstrips, and the Work of Literacy Education in the Civil Rights Movement

  • Michael Dimmick (University of Houston-Downtown)

College Students Approaching the Vietnam War through Literature, Film, and Witnesses

  • Cassandra Ellis (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

F2. Working the Insider-Outsider Divide: Voices from Community Members, Students, and Faculty
S206, Ryan Hall
Chair: Laurie Grobman

  • Jobany Bedoya (Small Business Director, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance & Owner of Red Tie Affairs)
  • Kaylee Carpinteyro (Undergraduate Student, Professional Writing, Penn State Berks)
  • Edna Garcia-Dipini (President and Chief Executive Officer, RIZE)
  • Laurie Grobman (Penn State Berks)
  • Chad Harris (Game Day Staff, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs) 
  • Gammy Nieves (Creative Director at The PEOPLE Academy LLC)
  • Mateo Toro (Photographer, Retorocle)

F3. Don’t Talk about It, Be about It: Ditching the Predesigned Curriculum for Community-Centered Assignments
S209B, Ryan Hall
Chair:  Adele Leon
Teaching the Affordability Guide

  •  Adele Leon (University of Arizona)

Places Write Us/We Write Places: Adopting Google Maps for Place-based Writing

  •  Aly Higgins (University of Arizona)

Calling Out Universities to Model Community Engagement

  • Charisse Iglesias (University of Arizona)

F4. Getting in to get over—and beyond: WOC, Community Partnerships, and the Institution
S109, Ryan Hall
Chair: Aja Martinez

  • Aja Martinez (Syracuse University)
  • Genevieve Garcia de Mueller (Syracuse University)
  • Benesemon Simmons (Syracuse University)
  • Stephanie Jones (Syracuse University)

F5. Doing the Work of Accompaniment at a Jesuit University
M104, Lindy House
Chair: Bryan Ripley Crandall
Embracing Ubuntu at a National Writing Project Site — Six Years of Young Adult Literacy Labs and Teacher Leadership Institutes

  •  Bryan Ripley Crandall (Fairfield University)

Acompañar – Learning to Listen to and Partner with Communities of Spanish: An Exploration through the Medical Spanish Classroom

  • Michelle Farrell (Fairfield University)

Supporting the Work of Accompaniment

  •  Betsy Bowen (Fairfield University)

F6. Working Beyond (And Within) Boundaries
S107, Ryan Hall
Chair:  Elle Fournier
Working within Policy: Navigating the Prison-Complex as a University

  • Haley Vasquez (Washington State University)

Cultural Inclusion Through Storytelling

  • Julian Ankney (Washington State University)

The Work in Transit

  •  Elle Fournier (Washington State University)

F7. ROUNDTABLE: Now You’ve Built It, But Will They Come?: Developing a New Community Writing Program in and around Philadelphia
S108, Ryan Hall
Chair: Dana Walker

  • Lawrence Abbott (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Jo Ann Caplin (University of Pennsylvania)
  • John Kehayias (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Abbe Klebanoff (Free Library of Philadelphia)
  • Patrick Manning (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Julie McWilliams (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Michelle Taransky (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Carolyn Trench (University of Pennsylvania)
  •  Dana Walker (University of Pennsylvania)
  •  Patrick Wehner (University of Pennsylvania)

F8. Community Support Networks Community-Centered Teaching
S209A, Ryan Hall
Chair: Chris Scheidler
Activist Support Networks in Mixed-Media Activist-Artist Student Collaboratives

  • Chris Scheidler (University of Louisville)
  • Patrick Danner (Misericordia University)

Rhetorical Pedagogies: Centering Local Community Perspectives and Considering Indignation as a Rhetorical Virtue

      • Jessica Shumake (University of Notre Dame)
      • Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison (University of Notre Dame)

F9. “Doing the Work” that Sustains Us: Diabetes Research in Community Contexts
M103, Lindy House
Chair: Lori Beth De Hertogh

  • Lori Beth De Hertogh (James Madison University)
  • Cynthia Martin (James Madison University)
  • Julianna Felsher (James Madison University)
  • Jay White (James Madison University)
  • Leah Smith (James Madison University)


Zines!: An Introduction to DIY Community Publishing (PART 1 of 3),
sponsored by Rowan University Writing Arts Department and College of Communication and Creative Arts
S210, Ryan Hall

  •  The Soapbox staff
  • Jason Luther (Rowan University)


G1. Transitioning and Re-Working in Community Writing: Advocacy and Teaching Inside and Outside of the Academy
S209B, Ryan Hall
Chair: Keri Epps Mathis
Academic, Advocate, Actor: Transitioning from Community-Engaged Research to Post-Academic Work

  • Hannah Harrison (Forest Moon Farms)

From Finding Work to Doing the Work: Tactics for Community-Engaged Teaching as a New Faculty Member

  • Keri Epps Mathis (Wake Forest University)

Start where you are.  Use what you have. Do what you can: Case Study of a Community-Engaged Writing Course

  •  Jennie Vaughn (Gannon University)

G2. Community Writing Across Sites, Sounds, and Languages: Multimodal and Participatory Methods
S206, Ryan Hall
Chair: Kate Vieira
Transmodel Redesign in the Rapper’s Studio: Multimodal Learning in Community Literacy Centers

  • Calley Marotta (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

University Custodians and Literacy Outside the Institution

  • Chris Castillo (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Writing for Peace in Columbia: The Process of Writing a Collaborative Book

  •  Kate Vieira (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

G3. Circulating and Listening to Community Voices
M103, Lindy House
Chair: Kevin Mullen
Amplifying Voices and Lowering Fences: Circulating the Writing of Low-Income Adult Students In and Beyond the Classroom

  • Kevin Mullen (UW Odyssey Project, The University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Exhibiting Community Voices for Social Change

  • Ruth Cary (Widener University)
  • Jayne Thompson (Widener University)

Tactical Responsivity and With-ness Learning in a Resource Center for Communal Hospitality

  • Jason Michalek (Indiana University Bloomington)

G4.Scholarship & Engagement: Graduate Students’ Perspectives on Community Writing Work, A Roundtable Discussion
M104, Lindy House

  • Pearlie Harris, Co-Chair (Kennesaw State University)
  • Courtney Bradford, Co-Chair (Kennesaw State University)
  • Estefany Palacio (Kennesaw State University)
  • Valerie Smith (Georgia State University)
  • Lara Smith-Sitton, Respondent (Kennesaw State University)

G5. From Classroom to City: Encouraging Students to Explore Urban Spaces
M205, Lindy House
Chair: Chisako Cole
Developing Cultural Capital at the Ballpark

  • Chisako Cole (University of California Berkeley)

Exploring Local and World Arts and Cultures

  • Teri Crisp (University of California Berkeley)

The Public Library as Site for Civic Engagement

  • Donnett Flash (University of California Berkeley)

G6. Literacy as Community Building: Collective Thinking to Get Things Done
S108, Ryan Hall
Chair: Mark McBeth
Communities of Queer Literacy: Rhetorical Literacy in AIDS Survivalist Mode

  • Mark McBeth (John Jay College & CUNY Grad Center)

Reciprocal Literacy-Building, Inside-Out

  • Kim Drake (Scripps College)

Queer Book List: An Online Young Adult

  • Christopher Morabito (The Graduate Center/CUNY)

Our Lives Matter: An Online Writing Movement

  • Damele Collier (The Graduate Center/CUNY)

G7. Institutional Communities
M204, Lindy House
Chair: Ryan Witt
Creating Community from the Inside Out: Intra-Institutional Writing Collaborations

  • Ryan Witt (College of Western Idaho)
  • Jessica Argyle (College of Western Idaho)

Let’s Work Together: Collaborative Teaching, Community Writing, and Entrepreneurial Listening

  •  Christina Santana (Worcester State University)

Where Our Strongest Commitments Lie?: The Publics of On-Campus Community Writing and the Curious Case of Not Paying (Much) Attention

  • Rik Hunter (The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

G8. Poetry in the Classroom and Community
S107, Ryan Hall
Chair: Patrick Ohslund
Creating culturally relevant curriculum with spoken word poetry

  • Patrick Ohslund (San Francisco State University)

30 minute:Love and Poetic Anarchy: Co-creating tools for an inclusive reading series

  • Emily Duffy (Bolder Writers Warehouse)
  • Ellie Swennson (Bolder Writers Warehouse)

G9. Adult Literacy and Narrative Roundtable
S109, Ryan Hall
Chair: Eli Goldblatt

  • Eli Goldblatt (Temple University)
  • Catalina Gonzalez (Philadelphia Office of Adult Education)
  • Naomie Nyanungo (Philadelphia Office of Adult Education)
  • Manuel Portillo (Welcome Center for New Pennsylvanians)

G10. Documenting Communities
S209A, Ryan Hall
Chair: Ann Warner-Ault
Uncovering Unknown Histories: A Collaborative Documentary Project with Trenton, New Jersey’s Puerto Rican Community

  • Ann Warner-Ault (The College of New Jersey)
  • Samuel Kanig (Casa Cultura)

Seven Square Miles; Ethical issues faced when filming in impoverished communities

  • Lorna Johnson-Frizell (The College of New Jersey)


Zines!: An Introduction to DIY Community Publishing (Part 2 of 3),
sponsored by Rowan University Writing Arts Department and College of Communication and Creative Arts
S210, Ryan Hall

  •  The Soapbox staff
  • Jason Luther (Rowan University)


H1.  An Introduction to the G.I.V.E. Grantwriting Project in Baltimore: Creating and Exploring Guiding Principles S108, Ryan Hall Chair: Zosha Stuckey
  • Zosha Stuckey (Towson University)
  • Denelle Joynes (Towson University)
  • Gregory Lewis (Towson University)
  • Sharon Akuokoh (Towson University)
H2. ROUNDTABLE: Administrative Morphing and Programmatic Public Pedagogies: Opportunities and Challenges S109, Ryan Hall Chair: Courtney Adams Wooten
  • Courtney Adams Wooten (George Mason University)
  • Jessica Matthews (George Mason University)
  • Lisa Lister (George Mason University)
  • Jennifer Messier (George Mason University)
  • Kathryn Meeks (George Mason University)
 H3. Theoretical Approaches to the Work S206, Ryan Hall Chair: Naomi Clark Sustaining Infrastructures: Insights from Actor-Network Theory for Intentional, Transformative Community Writing Relationships
  • Naomi Clark (Loras College)
Tuning the Community Writing Workshop
  •  Morgan Read-Davidson (Chapman University)
Elements of High-Impact Practices Foster Research, Writing, and Action
  • Tara Friedman (Widener University)
  • Patricia Dyer (Widener University)
H4. Work and Higher Education S209B, Ryan Hall Chair: Kelly Belanger Language, Mission, and Workload: Community Writing and Terms of Academic Work
  •  Kelly Belanger (Valparaiso University)
Before I am Tenured: On Leveraging Affects in Academia to Act Here and Now
  • Kefaya Diab (Indiana University Bloomington)
Teaching Civic Engagement as a Work of Citizenship
  • Ljiljana Coklin (University of California Santa Barbara)
H5. Classroom, Farm, Prison: Teaching Writing and Practicing Hospitality in Community Settings M204, Lindy House Chair: Joanna Want Relationships are Work: Hospitality as a Framework for Community-based Teaching and Learning
  • Joanna Want (University of Notre Dame)
Working for a Common Home: Hospitality and Reciprocity in a Sustainability-Focused Writing Course
  • Elizabeth Capdevielle (University of Notre Dame)
Negotiating Hospitality: Working in a Prison Writing Center
  • Matthew Capdevielle (University of Notre Dame)
H6. NO SESSION ASSIGNED H7. Books and Games That Spark Engagement S209A, Ryan Hall Chair: Jill Darling From Jonathan Kozol to Claudia Rankine: Teaching Writing as Social Activism
  • Jill Darling (University of Michigan)
All Work and No Play: Against a Politics of Disimagination
  • Nick Marsellas (University of Pittsburgh)
Slam Dunk: Community Service As Work and Play
  • Darrel Elmore (Florida International University)
H8. Cultivating Local Publics M205, Lindy House Chair: Vanessa Cozza Political Rhetoric and Community-Focused Rhetoric in an Era of Despair
  •  Vanessa Cozza (Washington State University, Tri-Cities)
“Doing the Work” of Cultivating a Participatory Public
  • Katherine Powell (University of Arkansas)
Learning Local Literacies: A Study of Composed Publics
  • Adam Hubrig (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
H9. 3-HOUR MORNING WORKSHOP (LIMITED ENROLLMENT; Pre-Registration preferred) Zines!: An Introduction to DIY Community Publishing (Part 3 of 3), sponsored by Rowan University Writing Arts Department and College of Communication and Creative Arts S210, Ryan Hall
  •  The Soapbox staff
  • Jason Luther (Rowan University)

Catered Lunch & Keynote Under the Tent (12:15-2:45), co-sponsored by PowerNotes

Writers-in-Residence Reading and Performance (1:00-1:30)

Over the past few days, the Writers-in-Residence–like you–have been synthesizing the conference in real-time and through the processes of reflective and collaborative writing. This brief selection of curated texts is meant to send us off with a sense of how we might continue, and continue to connect, this work we are doing.

  • Anna Arcello (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • April Conway (University of Michigan)
  • Candace Epps-Robertson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Amanda Fields (Central Connecticut State University)
  • Michelle Lafrance (George Mason University)
  • Danielle R Littman (University of Denver)
  • Janel McCloskey (Drexel University)
  • Carol Richardson McCullough (Writers Room) 
  • Amy Patterson (Clemson University)
  • Teigha VanHester (Illinois State University)

Keynote Address w/ Q&A, Paula Mathieu:
The Contemplative Concerns of Community Engagement,
or What I Wish I Knew about the Work of Community Writing 20 Years Ago

Full Conference Discussion and Action Steps:

Grassroots Community Organizing, Impacting Policy and Legislation with Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf, Lori Shorr, and Sylvia Simms (3:00-4:00)

This final, full conference discussion will pull together the previous three days of the conference, focusing on how the work of grassroots community organizers in alliance with faculty researchers can impact educational policy and legislation. Sylvia Simms, founder of Parent Power, will discuss how her organization creates activist networks and campaigns that recognize and build upon the insights/skills of urban working-poor African-American women in Philadelphia. Lori Shorr, former Chief Education Officer of Philadelphia, will discuss how faculty can build alliances with “power brokers” to ensure that academic research can impact local/state policy. Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf will discuss international partnerships.

Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf, Educationalist and NGO Specialist, focuses on capacity building and education of youth who work to have a social impact. Currently, Hachelaf is an Assistant Professor at Higher Normal School at Laghouat- Algeria. He previously was Resident Research Fellow at the Moynihan Institute at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He also worked  as a project manager for several social enterprises and NGO initiatives nationally and transnationally. The main objective of the the projects Ahmed led was widening access to technology and opportunities for youth and marginalized segments of society. Ahmed is also a frequent presenter on civic education and democratic schooling in the Middle East and North African region. In 2012, Ahmed was chosen as a Leaders for Democracy fellow and subsequently was chosen to be the delegate of Algeria in a UN event in New York and most recently as a Caux Scholar in Switzerland. His work has appeared in Revolution by Love, where he spoke to issues of social change through education. He is currently working on a single-author book, The Apprenticeship of Leadership in Arab Schools, where he discusses the role of distributed leadership in education.

Lori Shorr, Urban Education Coordinator, has twenty years of experience at city, state, and local levels in policy analysis, strategic guidance, and budget development for both K-12 and higher education in Pennsylvania. Her experience includes direct management of five public schools, the School District of Philadelphia, and development of PA State Education legislation/policy.

Sylvia Simms, Parent Power, is the author of A Parent’s Power (forthcoming, New City Community Press) and founder of Parent Power. She has over a decade of sustained engagement in community organizing in urban communities with a focus on educational policy at the city and state levels. Simms was also a Commissioner on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.

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