Over the past 30 years, the Writing Center at Michigan State University has supported community literacy projects across multiple local communities, and in 2020, the Center launched its Community Writing Center in conjunction with the East Lansing Public Library. This post-term program will build upon decades of community engagement and community-engaged scholarship extending this work across borders to collaborate with Canadian literacy centers and programs housed both within higher education organizations and within local communities.
The course, WRA495: Community Literacies and Engagement Across Borders, introduces the theories, research, and pedagogies of community literacy in a global context for students to understand in a complex way what community literacy is and how it is evolving, particularly during and following the pandemic. To do this, we will work closely with university and community partners in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. These reciprocal partnerships will begin virtually during the spring of 2022, continue on the ground in May of 2022, and evolve beyond the confines of the course.
More information will be forthcoming. In the meantime, reach out to Dr. Grace Pregent, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.