Poetry Workshop with Immigrant Students

Every semester, Messiah College hosts a retreat called the RISE retreat to inspire these students who are children of immigrants and refugees by introducing them to higher education. The theme of this semester’s retreat was creativity, so some of my peers and I planned a poetry workshop for the students. The workshop began by reading… Continue reading Poetry Workshop with Immigrant Students

JAM International

I spent the month of October interning with JAM International at Fred Nkunda Technical Secondary School in Muhanga, Rwanda. At the school, students can choose to study in one of three vocational areas (in addition to earning a diploma): Hotel Operations, Motor Vehicle Mechanics, and Construction. JAM also offers a vocational training center where students… Continue reading JAM International

Young Writers Workshop

This past week I had the pleasure of being a Resident Adviser and Teacher’s Assistant at Messiah College’s Young Writer’s Workshop. The teens arrived on Sunday and went straight to their first writing class. There were three groups based on age and writing level. I was placed in the intermediate group of tenth and eleventh graders.… Continue reading Young Writers Workshop

The Achievement Gap

Horace Mann, educational reform leader and founder of the common school, declared public school to be “the great equalizer” because all students received the same education allocated by the state. While each school distributes similar materials and curricula, the quality of education differs immensely. Although public school was established in order to provide free, quality… Continue reading The Achievement Gap

American Multicultural Studies

American Multicultural Studies: Diversity of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality is an anthology of essays compiled by Sherrow O. Pinder examining different facets of diversity. The essays are separated into six categories: theorizing issues concerning American multicultural studies, race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and education. Many of these essays focus on a combination of these, emphasizing… Continue reading American Multicultural Studies