CWPA 2019

On Friday, July 26th, I presented at the Council of Writing Program Administrators 2019 Conference, in Baltimore, Maryland. Our presentation was entitled Digital Interventions: Bringing Curriculum Design & Teaching into the Twentieth-First Century. During my portion on the presentation, I introduced myself as the founder of the Our Lives Matter Movement, and invited writing instructors from across the nation to partner with me on this initiative.

The Our Lives Matter movement began as a free writing assignment, in an English 2150 classroom at Baruch College. It embodies the idea that we achieve liberation, and consequently an improved society, when we develop the individual, as well as when we form a coalition of perhaps very different people, with the common goal of liberation and social uplift. Our Lives Matter encourages students to ask themselves a simple, yet very complex question: Why does my life matter?

Regardless of the color of their skin, their religious preference, their gender, or social class, we want them to know that without question that their lives matter, and that they are of distinct, and unquantifiable value.  We believe that as they write about this crucial concept, they affirm their power, as well as resist political, cultural, and social erasure. This is essential as we all seek collaboration, meaning, and identity.

Co-presenters: Prof. Mark McBeth, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, CUNY; Olivia Woods, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Christopher Morabito,The Graduate Center, CUNY

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