This class offers students an opportunity to combine service with scholarship and engage issues of literacy, diversity, and equity in the American education system. We will work with ninth grade students at local Northwestern High School to explore the ways writing can be used as a tool for social change. In collaboration with the high school students, we will host a performance event that opens a dialogue surrounding a pressing social issue. In addition to tutoring and mentoring, this class requires a good deal of writing. You will write multiple reflections, a literacy narrative, a creative composition, and publicity materials. You will conduct independent research and will be expected to switch fluidly between academic, creative, professional, and hybrid genres. We will also focus on developing critical self-awareness of our own relationships with literacy, writing, and dialects of power. In addition to two weekly 75-minute meetings, this class requires commitment to an off-campus service-learning component for about 75 minutes, once a week (Tuesdays from 2:00-3:15, including transportation time). There will also be a fee collected for paperwork and background checks required for volunteering at NHS. The course has no prerequisites, but completion of ENGL101 is strongly recommended. Individuals interested in taking this class as ENGL388C, the Community Engagement Internship, can do so by signing up through the English Undergraduate Studies Office. This course fulfills the Scholarship-in-Practice and Diversity--Understanding Plural Societies General Education requirements.