Steve Parks works in the areas of civic engagement and community partnerships within the the field of English Studies. For the past twenty years, he has created local, national, and international partnerships focused on social justice, democratic practices and human rights. Over the past six years, Parks has worked with democratic activists in the Middle East/North Africa to create publications, such as Revolution by Love: Arab Youth Voices, as well as organizations, such as Syrians for Truth and Justice, projects often linked to university classrooms and community projects. He is the founder of New City Community Press, an international publishing project focused on circulating the voices of the politically marginalized. He is also author of two single author books, Class Politics: The Students’ Right To Their Own Language (NCTE, 2000) and Gravyland: Writing Beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love (Syracuse University Press, 2010) as well as co-editor of numerous anthologies focused on civic-engagement and literacy. Currently, he is Editor of Studies in Writing and Rhetoric, the founding academic series in composition/rhetoric, as well as Working and Writing For Change, a national series focused on the best practices of civic engagement by university professors and community members.
Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf
Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf is an Educationalist and NGO Specialist. He focuses on capacity building and education of youth who work to have a social impact. Currently, Hachelaf is an Assistant Professor at Higher Normal School at Laghouat- Algeria. He previously was Resident Research Fellow at the Moynihan Institute at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He also worked as a project manager for several social enterprises and NGO initiatives nationally and transnationally. The main objective of the the projects Ahmed led was widening access to technology and opportunities for youth and marginalized segments of society. Ahmed is also a frequent presenter on civic education and democratic schooling in the Middle East and North African region. In 2012, Ahmed was chosen as a Leaders for Democracy fellow and subsequently was chosen to be the delegate of Algeria in a UN event in New York and most recently as a Caux Scholar in Switzerland. His work has appeared in Revolution by Love, where he spoke to issues of social change through education. He is currently working on a single-author book, The Apprenticeship of Leadership in Arab Schools, where he discusses the role of distributed leadership in education.
Mikala is an Instructor of English at Young Harris College. She holds an MA in English Composition and Rhetoric from UMass Amherst and a BA in English Literature from Young Harris College. Her predominate interests are prison writing programs, community-engaged pedagogy, and literacy studies. Mikala is actively involved in College Guild and PEN America’s Prison Writing Mentor Program, along with other campus-based organizations. Most recently, she presented “Literacy Assumptions in the Age of Neoliberalism: A Motto’s Explication” at CCCCs in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Lori Shorr’s interests in education stem from the two paths that brought her to Temple. First, she pursued her doctoral degree in critical and cultural studies with an emphasis on how social changes are connected to, and influenced by, narratives –be they political, historical, social or personal. Second, she has culminated a 20-year career in policy development and implementation from special assistant to three Pennsylvania Secretaries of Education to eight years as the chief education officer for the City of Philadelphia, which entailed setting the mayor’s policy agenda in K-12 and higher education. The courses she teaches and the work she continues to do in the community, as well as the mentoring she does with students, is therefore centered around the theories which help to explain how power, representation, constructions of social justice and community interact with the “lived experiences” and policy realities in specific historical junctions. She is currently working on building a collaboration of regional school leaders who are committed to working on communication across sectors of education (district, charter, private) to increase opportunities for success for all students through holistic and project-based instruction. She remains committed to increasing the capacity of the schools and the nonprofit sector in Philadelphia in order to bring about equity in educational opportunity in hopes of a more just city.
Student Participants 2019
Hind Hand Benlakhal
Michael Anthony Chehade
Meredith Noelle DiIoia
Jonathan Hart Ellis
Allaoua Hisham Khallil
Samantha Rose Owens