My commitment to service has long been a fundamental component of who I am. In 2014 I moved from Northeast Pennsylvania to Clarksville, Tennessee to complete a year of service with Americorps Vista. Stationed at Austin Peay State University, I was the first ever Food Pantry and Community Garden Manager at the school with a mission to develop long term sustainable programming to serve students struggling with food insecurity.  In this role, I collaborated with campus and community partners and developed a passion for the service learning model as a means of doing as much good, as broadly as possible. This experience transformed my understanding of the relationship between privilege and equitable distribution of resources and opportunities within our communities. As I transitioned into academia in 2015, I took this knowledge with me, informing my pedagogy and commitment to campus and community engagement.

As an active member of Bowling Green State University's community, I have served on a number of departmental and campus committees including the University Common Read Selection Committee, Ending Hunger Steering Committee, Promotional Activities Committee and more. I have been a member of the Graduate Student Senate, have served as a Graduate School Ambassador, and for four years as a member of the 21st Century Englishes Conference Steering Committee. As the President of the Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, I initiated new programming to increase graduate student engagement in my department. Additionally, I served as a facilitator for the University's Community Dialogue Series initiative, which brought members of the campus and local communities together to discuss difficult topics through civil engagement.

In the summer of 2019, on behalf of the BGSU English Department, I began outreach to the greater Northwest Ohio region to develop community programming. I organized a number of events including a Black History Month Poetry Reading in downtown Bowling Green and "Gathered Voices," a collaborative event with Gathered Glassblowing Studio in Toledo. Through a partnership with the Toledo Zoo, I helped organize a two-part teen activist writing workshop, led by members of my doctoral program. Finally, I developed the first ever Community Writing Project for the Northwest Ohio region, with two iterations in Fall of 2019 and Spring of 2020.

Campus and Community Engagement

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Community Writing Project - Write Your 6 Word Memoir

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The Community Writing Project sprung from my deep commitment to amplifying individual voices and lived experiences through writing. Forming partnerships with local business, I positioned a number of "drop boxes" around the community where individuals could anonymously share their response to the prompt "Write your 6 word memoir." After collecting all of the responses, I designed a digital publication to share with the university and local communities. Take a look below!

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Additional Events & Initiatives I Have Organized

 

*The 6 Word Memoir Project and all event flyers were designed in Canva by Lena Ziegler