S237. One Size Doesn't Fit All; The Equity-Minded Workshop in a Two-Year College

F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Can the Writing Workshop in the Two-Year College classroom act as a site of transformative inclusion? A place that doesn't just recognize differences, but sees those differences as locations for empowerment. How do educators address systemic inequities alongside institutional pressures of student retention and higher graduation-rates? What texts are best at inspiring a multi-cultural responsive environment? This panel will discuss practical and innovative approaches to these questions and more.



Jasmin Rae Ziegler received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is a 2017–2018 Loft Mentor Fellow in Poetry. She teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition at Anoka Ramsey Community College and serves as Advisor to the Creative Writing Club.

Mary Lannon, an associate professor at Nassau Community College, has stories published at Story and New World Writing. She seeks a publishing home for her first novel with the impossibly long title of An Explanation of the Fundamentals of the Derivation of Dilapidated Brown Station Wagon Theory.

Jennifer Derilo is an assistant professor of English and writing center coordinator at San Diego Mesa College. She is on the board of directors for So Say We All, a literary nonprofit, and she is a proud alumna of the Voices of Our Nation’s Arts (VONA) workshop.

Yasmin Ramirez is a 2018 Dickinson House Fellow. Her fiction/creative nonfiction works have appeared in Cream City ReviewAcentos Review, and Huizache, among others. She completed her first collection of CNF narratives titled Por Un Amor and she is Professor of English and Creative Writing at El Paso Community College.

Jorge Villalobos teaches creative writing, with an emphasis on poetry and fiction, at San Diego Mesa College. He has a background in hybrid literature that nurtures the empowerment of underrepresented students' voices through culturally responsive texts.


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Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center