Over the course of May and June, Austin, Ho Chak, Lena, Vivian, and I took part in a writing workshop led by Professor Gabriella Cruz. We met twice a week and discussed pre-circulated drafts of a dissertation chapter or article. In all our meetings, we had lively and productive discussion of writing over complimentary snacks and beverages. Each of us had two opportunities to present our writing, first with just the six of us, and second with a guest faculty member chosen by the student. Those faculty who joined us were Christi-Anne Castro, Mark Clague, Nadine Hubbs, and Naomi André. The workshop also included two meetings on publication that we opened up to the broader community. Prof. Cruz procured funding to support the students who took part in the workshop through a Faculty Ally grant through the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative. This funding lasts two years, so look forward to a call for participation in next year’s workshop!
– Steve Lett