Faculty of Color Community Events

2018 Faculty and Staff of Color Welcome Reception with Roxana Walker-Canton
2018 Faculty and Staff of Color Welcome Reception with Roxana Walker-Canton

Third Spaces Writing Collaboratives

The Faculty Diversity writing program embraces the idea of “third spaces” as a means of cultivating physical, mental, and institutional space to discuss shared challenges and aspirations, and to advance our professional and personal goals. The Third Spaces Writing Program offers faculty of color a space to gather and interact while pursuing writing goals. Intended as supportive, participant-driven spaces, these writing sessions offer dedicated time and support for faculty to focus on scholarly writing and connect with colleagues around goals and challenges.

This fall we will be expanding the program and offering new formats:

Third Spaces Virtual Write-on-Site Sessions: Fall 2020
Join us this fall for virtual writing collaboratives facilitated by Amel Ahmed, Kiran Asher, Sonya Atalay, and Cathy Luna. The sessions begin with a small group 15-minute check-in, with each participant introducing themselves, their writing project, and specific writing goals. For the next 1.5 hours, faculty will work independently but together. In the final 15 minutes, participants will rejoin their small groups to discuss their progress, challenges, and to set writing goals for the coming week.

Please sign up for as many sessions as you wish to attend:

  • Mondays: 9-11 am - Register (Start date: Aug. 31)
  • Mondays: 3-5 pm - Register (Start date: Aug. 31)
  • Tuesdays: 9-11 am - Register (Start date: Sept.1)
  • Tuesdays: 3-5 pm - Register (Start date: Sept. 1)
  • Wednesdays: 9-11 am - Register (Start date: Sept. 2)
  • Wednesdays: 3-5 pm - Register (Start date: Sept. 2)
  • Thursdays: 9-11 am - Register (Start date: Sept. 3)
  • Thursdays: 3-5 pm - Register (Start date: Sept. 3)
  • Fridays: 9-11 am - Register (Start date: Sept. 4)

Morning Pages: Fall 2020
These weekday drop-in sessions are not facilitated, but rather are a time for you to join your colleagues in engaging with your writing as you begin your day. The sessions will start with participants sharing their goal for the session, and then all will work in tandem for the remaining time. This can be a great way to develop a daily writing practice and can be especially helpful on days with heavy teaching or service obligations. This can also be combined with one of the collaboratives above for a longer stretch of writing.

  • Monday through Friday: 8:00-8:45 am - Register (Start date: Aug. 31)

Third Spaces Workshop: Writing and Planning through Uncertain Times

In the first half of this ninety minute, ‘hands-on’ workshop, writing coach Cathy Luna will facilitate a conversation about strategies and resources we can use to begin, sustain, and finish our scholarly writing projects this semester. In the second half of the workshop, Cathy will share a process and some guidelines for planning in these unusual times. Whether or not you plan to participate in the fall semester writing programs, this workshop will be an opportunity for you to cultivate effective writing strategies and begin to develop a strategic plan.

  • Friday, September 4, 2:00-3:30 pm - Register

Please contact facultydiversity@umass.edu is you have any questions.