On March 18th, 2022: Building Community and Engaging Scholars.
Scholars and partners from Duke and Durham came together on March 18 for dedicated time to write, learn and connect at the Community-Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat. The event was facilitated by Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Thompson Writing Program and Director of Duke Faculty Write Program, and was sponsored by the Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative. The three-hour event included time to for participants to write, collaborate, consult and learn. The session ended with a workshop on practical strategies to improve work/life balance in writing projects.
Retreat participants were each involved in community-engaged scholarship, each with projects involving collaborations between community and academic partners to address an issue of mutual interest and benefit. A range of disciplines and community topics were represented at the retreat, creating an opportunity for connections across institutions, disciplines and issues of interest.
A sampling of participants include:
- Adam Rosenblatt, an Associate Professor of the Practice in International Comparative Studies who collaborates with local community members and organizations to document and restore Black burial grounds in Durham.
- Xavier Cason, Director of Community Schools and Partnerships with the Durham Public Schools Foundation and Yolanda Dunston, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at North Carolina Central University are members of a team working with Durham Public Schools on an ongoing project addressing disparities and access to services in Durham Public Schools.
Participants noted how meaningful the retreat was as an opportunity to advance writing projects and to connect with other scholars and partners. A follow-up retreat is scheduled for late April based on participant interest.