Student Success Librarian Western Washington University
Since 2017, Western Libraries has supported the development of student agency in their own learning through a unique credit-bearing practicum focused on the academic literacies of research, reading, writing, and speaking. Based on a peer-to-peer model, enrolled students create a personalized learning plan based on their own learning goals and needs, and often supports students from underrepresented populations, including BIPOC students, returning students, neurodiverse students, English-language learners, and first-year students. This poster will outline the evolution of the practicum, focusing on how the practicum has evolved since 2019, focusing on challenges and changes in order to reach more students.
For background on the practicum, please see, Stephan, Elizabeth. “Research-Writing Practicum: A Signature Diversity and Inclusion initiative to increase Student Agency and Engagement” In Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students, edited by Ngoc-Yen Tran and Silke Higgin. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2019. https://works.bepress.com/elizabeth_stephan/48/