Gemma Cooper-Novack, a literacy education doctoral candidate, continues the School of Education’s commitment to community engagement in her second year as project manager for the The Narratio Fellowship. The Fellowship and it’s associated Artist-in-Residence program brought together local refugee high school students to create biographical films this summer. Fellows will work on their films with Syracuse University faculty, students, and guest artists throughout this semester, culminating in a Syracuse Symposium screening in February.
Cooper-Novack leads the fellows in storytelling, writing, and other creative workshops as they develop plots and concepts for their films. She was also one of two 2018-2019 Public Humanities Fellows with the Syracuse University Humanities Center, where she piloted an out-of-school program for local refugee youth to develop their writer identities, help them write a collective middle grades novel, and lead a local youth book festival.