R121. Building a Social Justice Writing Curriculum

Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel will address how to conceptualize and enact a social justice focused writing curriculum. Through conversation we will address strategies to build a comprehensive and inclusive framework for the classroom. Whether you are teaching at a Trump supporting institution or a Black Lives Matter workshop, the panel will explore how to effectively work with summer high school student programs, minimum and maximum security prison inmate students, as well as college and graduate students.



Rachel M. Simon is the author of the poetry collection Theory of Orange and the chapbook Marginal Road. She works as the associate director of multicultural affairs and LGBTQQ coordinator at Pace University. She teaches college courses at Bedford Hills Women's Prison and SUNY Purchase College.

Olivia Worden holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught writing and diversity workshops at Roger Williams University, Sarah Lawrence College, Andrus, Westchester County Correctional Facility, and Pace University. She is the Director of the Social Justice Intensive at Sarah Lawrence College.

Adam Falkner is a poet, educator, and consultant. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Dialogue Arts Project, and an Arthur Zankel Fellow and PhD candidate in the English education program at Columbia University.

Syreeta McFadden is one of the founding editors of the online literary magazine Union Station and a columnist for The Guardian US. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Feministing, The Brooklyn Rail, and Storyscape Journal.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center