Freshman Writing Initiative Fall Conference

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Freshman Success Initiatives & Freshman Writing Initiative Relevance, Rigor, and Rhetoric: The Keys to Cultural Relativism and Writing Cultivation

About the Program:

Relevance, Rigor, and Rhetoric: The Keys to Cultural Relativism and Writing Cultivation provides faculty a forum to discuss methods for fostering and improving student engagement and production in the classroom. There four key focuses for the conference are as follows.

  • Integrating popular culture into curriculum as a way to engage student writing.
  • Reaching today’s student.
  • Improving writing and critical thinking skills. 
  • Understanding how culture affects student identity, expression, competency, and learning.

This two day conference will consist of workshops, a keynote, special presentations, and a panel discussion. The emphasis is decidedly practical. Each workshop showcases a group of invited and resident facilitators whose presentations will provide its participants with knowledge and strategies that may be implemented with their students. The keynote and special presentations will be given by gifted orators and scholars who are leaders in their field. The panel discussion will provide an opportunity for scholarly exchange on popular culture and its place in the classroom. This conference is aligned with the goals and objectives of the Freshman Writing Initiative.

The Freshman Writing Initiative (FWI) aims to improve the writing proficiency and communication of first year students and to train faculty in innovative writing and learning activities.  In addition, FWI aims to enhance student learning through fostering an appreciation for the non-cognitive factors that contribute to student challenge and success, in an effort to develop the “whole student.”


  • Rescue 911: Fostering Student Success
  • The Popular Classroom: Integrating Popular Culture
  • The Class You Teach: Examining Diversity and Cultural Awareness in the Classroom
  • Building a Bridge: Connecting with Students of Color through the Arts
  • Look at Me Now: Uncovering the Subtle Narratives about Identity in Popular Culture
  • What Really Matters: Influences on the Success and Satisfaction of Today’s Student
  • Another Voice: Combating Marginalization and Social Norms
  • TEP: Removing the Walls (The Transformative Education Program Model)
  • Yes, Yes, Y’all: Understanding the reach of Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture today

Presentation Topic:

The Harvard Fellowship: 9th Wonder and the Hip Hop Archive

Panel Topic:

What is Hip Hop Pedagogy?

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Reggie Eldridge, M.A. - Independent Artist, Educator, and Editor of the New Fruit Journal of Arts and Culture.
  • Javon Johnson, Ph.D. - Independent Artist and Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Southern California.
  • Allison Mathews, M.A. - Educator, Organizer, Poet, Lecturer, Author, and Activist. Doctoral candidate and Humphreys Fellow (UNC Chapel Hill).
  • Santiba Campbell, Ph.D. – Researcher, Author, and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bennett College.
  • Christopher Massenburg, M.A. - Independent Artist, Writer, Creative Consultant, Lecturer, and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Augustine’s University.
  • Sarah Price, Ph.D. - Transformative Education Program (TEP) Director at Saint Augustine’s University.
  • Erica Russell, Ph.D. - Executive Director of Freshman Success Initiatives at Saint Augustine’s University.
  • Michael Jackson, M.A. – Chair of Liberal & Interdisciplinary Studies at Saint Augustine’s University.
October 25th, 2013 9:00 AM   through   October 26th, 2013 2:00 PM
1315 Oakwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27610
United States

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Registration Fee $ 55.00

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