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English 126: Community Engaged Writing serves as an introductory overview to writing for academic and non-academic communities in a stance of self-reflection, humility, and respectful listening. Through collaboration with the Edward Ginsberg Center, the class will collaborate with a community partner and practice applied, community-engaged writing.
Learning Goals for English 126:
- Explore and identify examples of personal values, beliefs, and social identities influencing learning, decisions, and actions, including cultural and epistemological values.
- Understand and critique the power and privilege embedded in the practices, values, and ways of knowing in U.S. academic culture, including academic writing genres.
- Examine and produce non-academic writing genres at the service of a community in order to understand and value different ways of knowing.
- Read deeply, sympathetically, and critically. Develop sympathetic, respectful dialogue with a range of perspectives and apply sympathetic rhetoric in community contexts.
- Through the practice of cultural and personal humility, craft respectful questions and dialogue; listen to others in order to understand if and how the needs, goals, perspectives, interests, etc. of all group members are being addressed in the group’s decision-making and activities.
- Use writing to develop reflective practices through reflective writing genres. Both in the course and beyond it, understanding how personal decisions contribute to the overall care, well-being, or positive functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and communities that are a part of one’s life.
- Form an equitable relationship with a community partner, by understanding root causes and systems that create inequalities in society and acknowledging power dynamics.
Associate Director, English Department Writing Program
English 126 Course Coordinator