About the Writing Initiative
The writing initiative supports Community of Scholars Program (COSP) scholars through individual writing consultations, small writing groups, workshops, Research Share, and Shut Up & Write! retreats.
Shut Up & Write!
COSP scholars come together to be productive writers in a quiet, accountable community. Scholars bring their laptops and any writing projects they need to work on. We supply coffee and snacks.
Small Writing Groups
Taking the student’s availability into account, these small writing groups are arranged throughout the academic year to encourage community and accountability among COSP writers.
COSP scholars seeking support with their academic writing can make 50-minute appointments with the Writing Program Coordinator to discuss higher order concerns of their writing projects.
The COSP provides workshops led by U of M staff and faculty to advise COSP students on academic writing and publishing.
Research Share: Student Speaker Series
This is a COSP-scholar led speaker series where selected students share their research with an attentive audience of COSP scholars. Speakers and attendees have the opportunity to discuss their research and get feedback to advance and perfect their work in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. This is a perfect opportunity to practice prelim presentation, conference papers, and job talks.
- Ph.D. (in progress) Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota
- M.A. Education Leadership and Administration, University of Saint Thomas
- B.A. Sociology and Anthropology: Concentration in Educational Studies, Carleton College
Shakita supports the Writing Initiative and Community Engagement for the Community of Scholars Program.
Shakita comes to us with an extensive background in working in various communities, and she looks forward to working with our COSP program and contributing her knowledge and experience. A native of Chicago, IL, her research focuses on educational access, informal Black education spaces, African American student experiences in education within the twenty-first century, and racial and economic disparities in education.
Sources of Joy
When she is not working, reading, writing, or caring for others, she enjoys zumba and binge watching her favorite T.V. shows.