March 9, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The OU Writing Center and the Writing Enriched Curriculum Program have developed a four-part workshop series based on topics requested by faculty at OU. The workshop series is called Voices in the Margins: Designing for Inclusive Writing Instruction. The first workshop of the series is called Decolonizing Discourse: Incorporating Story into Written Assignments and it will be facilitated by Rachel Jackson.

Native Studies scholars theorize story as a traditional rhetorical practice used to teach, to persuade, to honor, and to heal across Indigenous communities. Researchers regard story as both rich data and a qualitative research method. Social justice scholars recognize story as a means to include marginalized perspectives in academic discourse. Narrative spans the disciplines as a growing trend in the academy, and if scholars value narrative as a learning tool, then educators must value it as a pedagogical tool. Incorporating narrative writing into assignments helps students create more meaningful writing through rich synthesis of course materials with lived experience.This presentation offers models for narrative assignments, including assignment journaling, research narratives, and digital storytelling.

Rachel C. Jackson holds a PhD in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy from OU, and in her research she uses a Native Studies lens to understand cultural activism and resistance in historically silenced communities. Her work with stories began as Community Project Developer for the OU Writing Center and developing a digital storytelling workshop model for campus and community settings.



If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Michele Eodice, meodice@ou.edu
Associate Provost for Academic Engagement
Director, OU Writing Center
Dr. Robert Scafe, rscafe@ou.edu
Director, Writing Enriched Curriculum
Lecturer, Expository Writing