Give to Watershed Review and Laptops for Students
Watershed Review is a nationally recognized literary magazine produced by students at Chico State. Under the direction of Sarah Pape, students are professionalized as editors, curators, reviewers, and producers of this stunning digital magazine. Watershed is seeking funds to support student travel to literary conferences and funds for professional experiences. As part of these efforts, some of the funds will be used to invite visiting writers to speak at our Writer’s Voice series: these professional writers and scholars then work with students as part of our creative writing courses, giving students a master class experience and opportunities for professional growth.
Laptops for Students
For the past 8 years, the English department has surveyed incoming freshmen in our first-year composition courses about their access to computers. Most students come with a laptop, but we still have a digital gap of students who can not afford the latest technology. We would like to fill this gap by offering laptop checkout to our students who do a tremendous about of writing. We currently offer six laptops for this purpose and they are consistently checked out and used thoughtfully. We would like to offer 8 more laptops for use. Through our research and experience in English, we know that more and more students are asked to respond to assignments from across disciplines that call for a range of modes: presentations supported by PowerPoint, Prezi, or Keynote; videos; websites; electronic portfolios; blogs; and increasingly writing that includes image, links, or other visuals. By providing just a small number of laptops, we can decrease the digital divide that exists between students who have access to technology and those who do not.
Every Dollar Counts
Watershed: $300 will send one student to a literary conference, $600 will send two, and so on. $800 will allow us to invite writers to our campus to speak and work with students.
Laptops: For every $1,000 we raise, we can increase digital access for students.