Concordia Fellows students Jun Cho, Roshny Roy and Chris Knepper had the opportunity to present collaboratively at the Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA) 2019 Conference at Western Connecticut State University with Dr. Nathalie Virgintino, Director of Concordia’s John Bahr Writing Center, and Alysa Hangtan, M.F.A., a writing specialist at the Center. Jun and Chris are peer tutors at the Center.
For the conference, Voices of Engagement: The Roles Writing Centers Play in Making Writing Meaningful, the group presented an interactive workshop: “Elevating the Individual in Writing: Meaning Making through Reflection, Fragmentation, and Improvisation.”
Jun Cho found the conference “eye-opening as it was the first time I was able to meet a niche of fellow educators and students all driven to improving and innovating the writing center environment. It was an engaging and interactive experience where I was able to voice thought and theory about meaningful writing.”
Jun, a sophomore from Atlanta who plays soccer for Concordia and has not yet declared a major, expressed gratitude for both the opportunity to present and the experience of being a peer tutor. “Dr. Virgintino has been a mentor in my academic journey since my first English course with her in my freshman year. Participating in this workshop exercised a collaborative form of learning which reflects in part Concordia's approach to higher education. Being a peer tutor at the writing center only strengthened my writing and aptitude for literature. I found out very soon that a form of learning is teaching others, which fosters a symbiotic relationship. Being a peer tutor has allowed me to gain insights and knowledge from experienced and intuitive writing specialists. The main initiative at the Writing Center is to invite students and staff to engage with the resources that are available. This ‘studio’ model encourages hands-on interaction with a focus on improving one's art in writing. In parallel, this was one of the initiatives at the Danbury Conference, and I could not be any more satisfied knowing that our school's work had an impact in scholarship.”