The Writing Program in the Department of English provides students in First-Year Writing (FYW) and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (AWD) with many Service-Learning and Community Engagement opportunities. Interested students should contact the Director of the Writing Program, Professor Laurie Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two sections of First-Year Writing and one section of Advanced Writing in the Disciplines are officially designated as “service-learning” courses and feature a variety of projects with community partners. Since 2012, First-Year Writing students have worked with the following:
Students in several sections of FYW have also volunteered as tutors at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science Writers’ Room, a partnership between the O’Bryant, the NU Writing Program, and 826 Boston.
Another section of FYW recently partnered with “Team Red, White & Blue,” an organization whose aim is to ease reintegration of veterans into civilian life through meaningful social interactions; students interviewed military veterans who were also NU students, ultimately producing short videos to tell those veterans’ stories.
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines students have worked with the following partners:
The NU Writing Program and 826 Boston also collaborate on an annual College Essay Bootcamp for Boston high school students, held on Northeastern’s campus, aimed at providing targeted support for high school students working on their college application essays. In 2014, for its work with 826 Boston, the NU Writing Program received the first 826 “Heroic Husky Community Service Award.”
Students enrolled in ENGL 3381, “Processes of Writing and Tutoring” have fulfilled their experiential education requirement by volunteering as tutors at the O’Bryant Writers’ Room and the Roxbury Community College Writing Center. Tutoring opportunities in Northeastern’s own Writing Center and in other units of the university can also be found through the Peer Tutoring Center.
Dr. Sarah Finn's service-learning course, First-Year Writing: Science, Technology, & Human Values, was featured in S-LOG, the official blog of service-learning at Northeastern University.Go to S-LOG