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The Plug

What is The Plug?

In response to the Black Student Union Statement of Demands that were released in Summer 2020, the Writing Hub and the Black Resource Center came together to create more resources for Black students. Our partnership intends to increase the visibility of funded academic opportunities to Black undergraduate students, and to support these students’ success as applicants for those opportunities.

The result is The Plug, a year-long workshop series that provides: information about a particular opportunity with a focus on the written component of the application; dedicated time and space for students to write; and guidance from highly-trained Writing Hub consultants. Each workshop is 90 minutes, with an info session led either by a campus partner or the Writing Hub, then dedicated time for students to brainstorm and write based on information they just learned, and finally small group discussions led by Writing Hub consultants so students can get guidance and feedback on their writing. By the end of the workshops, the goal is that students will have:

  • A strong understanding of the opportunity and how to put together a successful application
  • Had time to think through what they want to write about
  • Gotten time with highly-trained Writing Hub consultants to get feedback and guidance
  • A concrete idea of how to move forward with the written component of the application

Student Experiences

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Angela Chapman
2nd-Year Student
John Muir College
Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

Workshop Attended: The McNair Scholars Program

The Plug truly helped me with finding my voice and story within the personal statement I was writing for the 2020-2021 cohort of the McNair Scholars program. Brainstorming and writing what I wanted to go over with a tutor really helped get my thoughts together and see what I wanted to spend most of my time on. It can be challenging and intimidating navigating through your undergraduate journey as a first-generation and underrepresented student, so having these types of workshops makes me feel heard and supported. I am so thankful for The Plug and workshops like it because without it, I don’t know if I would have the privilege today to call myself a McNair Scholar and have the opportunities I have today.