Writing and Research Training Program: A UCLA Campus Partnership to Support BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and Disabled Student Researchers

Published in Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices, Volume 2, 2023

Agyen, A., Araújo, J., Johnson, M. W, Lee, S. W, Newby, A., Romero, R., & Westrup, L.

In summer 2020, the authors collaborated on the fifth iteration of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Summer Writing and Research Train-ing Program (WRTP). The program is intended to support writing and research skills development for BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and disabled student researchers in-terested in pursuing careers in academia. Our chapter details the history of the program, elaborates on the extensive campus partnerships involved in its success, and provides reflections and best practices around program coordination, cultur-ally responsive pedagogy, student experience outside the classroom, and remote instruction to help others establish similar programs at their institutions. In par-ticular, we explore the necessary structures to create a sustainable and flexible program that has continued successfully for several years while also accounting for changing student needs, changes in personnel, historical events like protests and the pandemic, and a shift from offering the program in-person to online.

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