Write Around Portland
Writing Workshops to Heal Social Suffering through Narrative
Write Around Portland is bringing writing workshops to Lewis & Clark in a unique opportunity to experience the ways in which writing can help to heal. Our collaboration with WAP provides the opportunity to learn from an established local organization with over 20 years of experience in building community and promoting healing through narrative. This collaboration provides Write Around Portland the resources necessary to broaden the impact of their transformational work and bring their model to historically inaccessible systems and spaces.
The Write Around Portland pilot workshop will take place Fall 2021. It will be embedded in two sections of Numbers, which is a required seminar for all first-years. The workshop will address the objectives:
- Foster student belonging.
- Share Write Around Portland’s values of respect, writing, and community.
- Result in measurable outcomes that support WAP’s desire to broaden their institutional impact.
In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month (#NAHM), Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Mellon Foundation, moderated a wide-ranging discussion with artists Mel Chin and Allison Janae Hamilton and writer-photographer Emily Raboteau about how the humanities are tackling the interconnected challenges of climate change, public health, and racial injustice, among other pressing social justice issues.
The Lewis & Clark College Center for Community and Global Health is supported in part by a Mellon Foundation grant, Healing Social Suffering Through Narrative.