Deep Dive Workshop with Nadinne Cruz

Preparation for the Session

Hello from Nadinne:

I’m looking forward to guiding us in a deep-dive, intensive workshop together! As a pioneer (which means an “elder” who has experimented and fallen on her face many times, got up and started over again!), I’m eager for us to renew an ethos of risk-taking, vision and values of best principles of service-learning and community engagement and embedding them into actionable work. This is a tall order in a complex world of multiple and competing perspectives on what the “real world” really and what it means to “do good.”

As preparation for our truly deep dive into the big picture combined with practical actionable ideas, I ask that you read two very short fiction pieces. Do not fear: these are truly short, more like longer short stories. I suggest that you’ll be able to complete each one with greater ease, speed and engagement if you read each one in no more than two reading sessions.

If you are already acquainted with both authors and the assigned reading—great! If the authors and/or the assigned books are new to you, I think you might enjoy an “immersion” into two worlds that challenge us to consider the complexity of the environments in which we might choose (or not) for student involvement in service-learning and community engagement.

Our entire day-long session activities and any presentations on my part will presume our having read these two short fiction pieces:

  • Cisneros, Sandra. The House On Mango Street. New York: Vintage Books, 1991, c1989. Print.
  • Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place. New York, N.Y: Penguin, 1988. Print.

Both books are readily available in various formats as well as in the traditional paper format, both new and used. Used copies can be under $2!

Guideline for reading:
Imagine that you are designing a service-learning course, project or program, and, of course, you are doing the preparatory work with a community partner. As you read each piece, imagine that the author is the community partner you will be working with. Imagine further that what you are reading is a transcription of what she has told you orally to orient you to her community and to herself.