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The Word in Stanford Media

Check out this feature on The Word in the Spring newsletter from Stanford’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric, where our advisor Dr. Tessa Brown is a Lecturer. The newsletter interviewed Tessa alongside founding Managing Editors Hank Tian and Atlanta Rydzik about the process of creating the journal, its values, our growing community, and where we’re headed next.

Here are some highlights:

Winter quarter got a whole lot brighter with the launch of The Word: Tha Stanford Journal of Undergraduate Research, an online-only journal that seeks to publish research on hiphop culture, happenings in the hiphop community, and provide mentorship to undergraduates marginalized by race, class, gender, and/or sexuality, as they participate in the academic practices of research, peer response, revision, and publication. According to its founders PWR lecturer Tessa Brown with undergraduates Hank Tian, Atlanta Rydzik, and TK Moloko, the journal will also serve as a space to center and amplify powerful student writing, and contribute to the vibrant hiphop community at Stanford, including those performing hiphop arts like spoken word and urban and hiphop dance, in addition to all the students who are DJs, producers, and MCs.

“Although we are a relatively small team, every staff member has huge ambitions for what this journal has the potential to become,” says Atlanta. “While we find our footing at Stanford, we also have a desire to expand our reach to students from all institutions of higher education. Hiphop is an international phenomenon with fans all over the world, and we hope to become part of that worldwide conversation.”

“This journal has become a kind of second home for me,” says Atlanta. “Our meetings center not only around writing blog posts, reading and editing student submissions, and planning events, but also as a check-in space amongst the staff. What ultimately makes the journal function so well is that all of us genuinely care about one another’s well-being and deeply value the individual skill sets and personal experiences that everyone brings.”

“I am so thankful for the amount of care people have put into things – not only on the journal itself, but also on making a space where we can comfortably and honestly check in with ourselves and one another,” says Hank. “I think that people do their best work when they feel comfortable, safe, and supported, and I’m glad that this journal has the potential to be another space where those things can be true for people.”

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