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  • Session 3 Free Writing

    A public space I inhabit regularly, of course, is Bowie State University’s Writing Center. Recently, it’s been positioned as the go-to place for writers (especially freshmen in the foundation English classes) to become better writers. The physical characteristics that define it are its close proximity to students as its located in the same building as many of their English, History, and Communications classes and the respective departments. Its digital characteristics are our Instagram which aims to reach the students in another place they frequent (the internet) and our accessibility features which are continuously growing. These include the ability to have sessions entirely online, frequent email updates surrounding the center and its sessions, and instructional videos.

    I hope that these dimensions express how dedicated we are to being there for students. We attempt to welcome all—not just students, but also faculty and staff. As long as you’re a part of Bowie, you have the access to our services. We still have a ways to go when it comes to being even more welcoming to people; however.

    My own emotional labor and positionality relate to the space by being a fellow student to my tutees. I can hopefully relate to them and be a sense of comfort and someone they can be honest with. In our center, we try to emotionally reach out to our students by allowing the vulnerability that frequently comes out when discussing stress and low confidence in writing.

  • Baltimore and (In)equity: Preparation Writing

    1. What do these maps and understandings of equity tell you about (in)equity in Baltimore?

    (In)equity in Baltimore is largely a consequence of how racialized the city has become through both intentional and unintentional planning. As described in Marceline White’s “Baltimore: The  Black Butterfly,” Baltimore is seen by many as a tale of two cities and it’s greatly apparent when looking at Baltimore’s HOLC, redlining, and life expectancy maps. 

    2. How does the mapping of statistics impact the arguments both writers are making?

    The statistics strengthen each argument. The visual examples illustrate clearly what they are saying. 

    3. How can mapping be part of counterstorytelling?

    Mapping can be a part of storytelling because it gives visual evidence of the experiences of people who may not have a voice otherwise. Number and data (while definitely not always) can be seen as impartial and the work that goes into this research gives credibility to their stories as a rhetorical device.

  • October 29th Freewrite

    October 29th Freewrite

    Living in Prince George’s County, I didn’t really feel like a racial minority until I stepped out of the county. Of course, there were moments within PG that reminded me of how I’m perceived outside of my community. PG isn’t a Black utopia. When I was in a dual enrollment program in high school, our white professor saw my new braids in class and immediately started playing with them. I’ve had non-Black teachers all through K12 who have ignorantly or purposefully said racist things about their majority Black student body. But it does create a sense of comfort to be able to look around and see people who look like me everywhere I go. I know a lot of people don’t have that to the extent I do.

    An example of a counterstory that I remember in my life was when my high school’s student body protested the unexplained cancellation of our Black History Month activities in school. Someone even leaked the conflict to our local press and a news team was brought down all in a few class periods. The school was basically on lockdown so students weren’t able to talk. We never did get an explanation, but the next day we were told that we could have Black History Month activities again.

  • Comfortable Home

    Comfortable Home

    Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

  • Three Generations

    Three Generations

    Mr. Weston was a native of Highbury, and born of a respectable family, which for the last two or three generations had been rising into gentility and property.