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Writing Process and Thematic Inquiry: Writing for Social Justice

This class will be held in person in summer 2022. Participants will be expected to follow UMN COVID safety protocols.

3 credits
facilitated by Angelina Momanyi and Leyla Suleiman

The MWP Open Institute will be a workshop, not a traditional class. In it you will focus on three areas:

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You will reflect on your own writing processes as you write, share your writing, and participate in a community of writers. Writing groups will meet several times during the week.


You will consider the theory and practice of writing instruction that helps students achieve their potential as writers and change agents.


You will examine a current literacy issue related to the course theme: writing for social justice. Course texts include Linda Christensen’s Reading, Writing, and Rising Up and Teaching for Joy and Justice.

workshopAspects of inquiry might include
• Exploring the connection between personal and social justice writing
• Taking action through writing
• Examining a variety of genres
• Bringing social justice topics into the writing process
• Assessing social justice writing
• Investigating digital writing options


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• Grade levels
• Content areas
• Experience levels

We encourage experienced social justice educators and those new to the theme to join us! Past Invitational Summer and Open Institute participants are welcome, as are both degree and non-degree seeking students.



June 27–July 8 (no class on Monday, July 4)

9:00 am to 3:00 pm


UMN–Twin Cities, East Bank

Register for this graduate course (CI 5465) at If you’re not a currently-enrolled student at the University of Minnesota, you can also register as a non-degree/guest student.

For information on the Open Institute, email Lee at

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