Real World Writing: Real World Impact - Farmers, Scientists, and Activists
A recent PWR elective course helped students see the incredible impact that writing can have on community-based causes. PWR 91EC, "Farmers, Scientists, Activists: Public Discourse of Food Economies," taught by PWR lecturer Erica Cirillo-McCarthy in winter 2017, invited students to take their writing out of the classroom to help community organizations. A Cardinal Course, PWR 91EC gave students the opportunity to engage in writing projects with real-world implications. The student teams were paired with one of three organizations: La Mesa Verde, an organization that, among other things, develops community gardens; Feed Collaborative, a Stanford-based program that takes on the issue of food waste; and, Fresh Approach, a non-profit concerned with food equity, education, and access issues.
To learn more about this class and the student's work, read the July 5, 2017, Stanford Report article: "Students collaborate with community groups in Farmers, Scientists, Activists." However if you want to even more completely understand the range and impact of the texts the students produced for this PWR class, you should visit its website, which contains overviews of each of the three group projects.