Hello, HASTAC community! It is the start of a new year and I've got plenty of new research and ideas to share with you. My name is Najah Yasin and I am an undergraduate student at Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia. Last year my research focused on the digital divide and literacy. I didn't get the chance to do as much as I would have liked to with the HASTAC community last year, but I am hoping that this year will be better and I will be able to engage my fellow scholars a bit more.
What I generally plan on doing this year:
- Work with inmates. I've been looking into a few processes of criminal rehabilitation. I've decided that I'd like to get my hands on inmate programs that involve both creativity and technology. One such program I have been looking into is the PEN Prison Writing Program.
- Run a digital writer's workshop that would be open to the community. This year I have been working with my college to promote our Literary Magazine "The Pioneers Press" and among launching our first print edition, I've begun a Writer's Workshop on our campus. I'd also like to train some of our staff to teach workshops in creative writing and possibly collaborate on creating an online component through u-stream or something of the sort so that the Macon community or anyone else who'd like to take part of our workshop could join in.
- Launch a Black Awareness Campaign online. In the past couple of years I've noticed a rise in political activism in the black community. From the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) to the still rising "big chop" trends, I've begun to spin ideas on how I can help black inner-city and suburban youth stay alert and aware to policy's and politics that concern them and shape their futures. This is my most broad goal this semester, simply because I haven't chosen yet how I want to address this and what my goal in awareness shall produce.
If anyone has ideas or comments, would like to collaborate with me or hear a little more please contact me on here or email me at email@example.com.
Here is to the start of a new year!
"What would the "role" and "position" of the Negroes be if they had a full voting voice?" - Malcolm X