EMERGING LITERACIES OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: A VIRTUAL SHOWCASE OF WILDCAT WRITERS
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AbstractThis thesis is comprised of candid photographs that virtually explore the relevance of community literacy and engagement. More specifically, this paper will delineate how the researcher navigated new experiences and academic challenges within a community-serving organization. While the organization, Wildcat Writers, is the main focus of this research, personal reflection will be the primary mode of composition. This stylistic choice was made in order to provide a creative alternative to traditional research. After participating in several events, meetings, and courses, the researcher feels compelled to provide insight into how artistic projects make meaning in academia. However, it is also important to note that more traditional aspects of research, such as literature review, will also be present within this thesis. The intent of this project is ultimately to amplify the presence, history, and personal impact of the University of Arizona’s Wildcat Writers outreach program. In light of current events, the thesis will conclude with a reaction piece to the pandemic in order to portray how this research has adapted in response to historically unprecedented events.