Write Around Portland
Fostering First Year Belonging
A Center for Community and Global Health Colloquium
The writing workshop objectives are to:
- Foster a sense of belonging in First Year students
- Share Write Around Portland’s values of respect, writing, and community
- Support Write Around Portland in expanding their institutional impact
Fall 2022 Colloquium Details
Registration: will open in August, please check back here for more information.
Workshop participants who reported feeling more connected to their classmates.
First students who said that the Write Around Portland workshop strengthened their sense of belonging.
Feel less alone
“The transition to college is really hard. A workshop in the first weeks of college could help kids feel less alone. They could see that other people in their classes are feeling the same way.” –First Year LC student and Write Around Portland workshop participant, Fall 2021
It made me happy
“It made me so happy to be able to do this.” –First Year LC student and Write Around Portland workshop participant, Fall 2021
Workshop participants who shared that the experience improved their ability to listen to others.
“During the workshop, I felt like people opened up a bit. It was a setting that fostered creativity, trust.”
–First Year LC student and Write Around Portland workshop participant, Fall 2021
In my own words
I learned that I don’t have to write like everyone else. My own writing and my own voice is good enough, I don’t have to compare myself to others or how they express themselves.”
-–First Year LC student and Write Around Portland workshop participant, Fall 2021
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.