Last week, nineteen College of Arts & Sciences pre-freshman arrived on campus to participate in the Summer Scholars Institute (SSI), a one-week residential program designed to orient first-generation college students to campus life. According to Paul Sulzer, the Director of the SSI, “The Summer Scholars Institute allows participants additional time to digest the scene they will be in when they return for New Student Orientation in [late] August. Students will also get to develop close connections with other first-gens.”
Among their many other activities, Summer Scholars attended intensive academic literacy workshops each morning with Knight Institute faculty Dr. Tracy Carrick and Dr. Kate Navickas. In these workshops, students honed and developed reading and writing strategies, read about and reflected upon first-generation and linguistic identities, and composed their own literacy memoirs.
Additionally, over the course of the week, students formed editorial teams and worked together to produce four edited collections. These collections (click on titles for images) -- No Entry, Parallels, Bridges Over Boundaries, and Personal Growth -- celebrate personal and shared literacy and linguistic experiences and document collective discoveries about what it means to move between and among communities defined by socio-economic, racial, ethnic, gender, and linguistic identities.
In final reflections, students commented that the workshop better prepared them for fall FWS expectations as well as for the kinds of substantial small group collaborative projects that involve thinking and writing together that they will experience across campus.
The Knight Institute warmly welcomes these talented scholars to campus!