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Westfield State University to hold Master of Arts in English “Race & the English Classroom” Course Tasting

June 22, 2018
CONTACT: Tricia Oliver


Westfield—The College of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University will hold a free “course tasting” event, “Race & the English Classroom,” for the Master of Arts in English program on Monday, June 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Wilson 109.

Westfield State University offers a Master of Arts in English program designed for students who want to study literature and writing at the graduate level. Students can earn a M.A. in English with either initial or professional licensure.

Event attendees will sample a course that is offered in the M.A. in English program, titled “Race & the English Classroom,” which guides teachers to address racism through research that explains the challenges of taking on this work.

The full course also helps teachers consider their own racial identities and the need to change messages about race in schools.

To register to attend this event, please visit For more information, please call 413-572-8020 or email Two Professional Development Points (PDPs) will be offered to teachers who attend this event. This course is taught by Westfield State Associate Professor of English Sophia Sarigianides, Ph.D.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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