Many Voices is a club founded in 2014 to provide social and professional support to graduate students of color in the University of Arizona’s creative writing MFA program. Our goals include: increasing professional development and networking opportunities for students of color; promoting community-building; advocating for a more diverse creative writing MFA program; disseminating information to UA writers of color pertaining to academic, financial, and social needs and supports, networking opportunities, literary events, and professional opportunities; serving as a liaison between faculty, staff, student organizations, and the community at large; increasing opportunities to study literary works by writers of color; and fostering the creative development of writers of color at the UA.
From our inception, we have contributed to faculty hire and student recruitment conversations; we have worked to promote writers of color for consideration in University and local reading series; and we have found funding to support our members’ attendance at AWP Conferences in 2015 and 2016.
In 2016-2017, among other projects, we are planning ways to host discussions about diversifying reading lists at the graduate and undergraduate level. We also continue to look for opportunities to bring published writers of color to the University of Arizona for reading and discussion series that center on issues of race, diversity, and inclusion.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or follow us on Twitter @uamanyvoices.