P.L.A.C.E. with CAMPSSAH 2022 Writing Community Cohort Announced

The P.L.A.C.E. with CAMPSSAH team, led by Kimberly Nettles-Barcelón (Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies), is delighted to announce the selection of our second Writing Community cohort. 

“Professors Leveraging A Community of Engagement (PLACE) with CAMPSSAH” is a University of California Office of the President 2020-2022 Advancing Faculty Diversity through Improved Climate and Retention grant, now in its second year.

An Important Intervention

The Writing Community provided a muchcraved, informative, and rewarding space to take a break from our routine work and share our respective and collective challenges with scholarly writing…In addition, working with writing coach Elena Abbott has been enormously beneficial. The arrangement to have Elena give group presentations and for each participant to have individual sessions with her was brilliant. Even though I had been working on my book proposal for some time and had received feedback from several colleagues already, I ended up adding and revising quite a bit after I heard Elena’s presentations…In my opinion, this Writing Community is exactly the kind of concrete support the University should continue to provide to help faculty make progress on their scholarship. –2021 Writing Community participant

Read about our first Writing Community cohort

The goal of P.L.A.C.E. is to promote the development and retention of faculty by providing resources and programs in three areas: community, leadership, and recognition. It is an interdisciplinary hub for research activities for faculty of color, URM faculty and those faculty whose work forms the foundation of inclusive excellence at UC Davis. In addition to the Writing Community, P.L.A.C.E. also supports four additional award initiatives: Scholar of the Quarter Award, Manuscript Workshop, Post-Tenure Start-up Award, and Summer Writing Symposium.

The P.L.A.C.E. Writing Community is a bi-weekly, two-quarter writing support group for social science, arts, and humanities faculty working on a second book-length proposal. The community is facilitated by historian and professional writing consultant, Elena K. Abbott of Ink Blotter.

Upon successful completion of the writing group, participants will receive $3,000 in Academic Enrichment Funds.

2022 Writing Community Members:

Desirée A. Martín, English

Un/Translation: Media and Translation in Chicanx/Latinx and Border Culture places Chicana/o, Latina/o and U.S.-Mexico border culture at the center of both American and Mexican intellectual and creative discourse

Susette Min, Asian American Studies

A Host of Possibilities attempts to explore the immigration and security crisis in relation to the concept of hospitality

Bettina Ng'weno, African American and African Studies

Growing Old in a New City, looks at the spatial and temporal structuring of the rapidly changing city of Nairobi

Grace Wang, American Studies

Working on a film project and monograph on the politics of race and music, exploring, in particular, the history of African Americans in the classical orchestral field.


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