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A Note from the Editorial Board

First and foremost, on behalf of the editorial board and our writers, we’d like to say thank you. Thank you for taking your time–which is a scarce commodity these days–to sit and click through our online magazine. Thank you for taking the time to engage with the wealth of ideas our writers invite you to think about. And thank you to the writers for being brave and trusting us, the editors, with your projects. We hope our authors’ respective pieces have SPARKed an idea in you, the readers, to pursue deeper and go further into uncharted academic waters. 

The COSP Writing Initiative created SPARK based on these values: community building, innovation, creativity, public scholarship, and social justice. SPARK is firmly rooted in the idea that COSP Scholars can build a stronger network and community by sharing their research, crafting stories about why their research matters, and making their work accessible for a broad audience. 

We’ve all felt the collective burn of working in the white ivory tower system. As a team of all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) editors, we are aware of how harmful the editing process can be. To counter, we employed non-violent editing approaches to our inaugural issue. As editors, we acknowledge the power we hold in shaping the issue and individual essays. Thus, we approached editing as a collaboration between writers and editors, ensuring that writers continued to feel ownership over their work throughout this process. We take pride that all our contributions are from the BIPOC community. The voices of our authors need to be heard; we’re just making sure they have access to the mic. 

We wanted to work through where and who would be reading our contributing authors’ work. It was important to us that a wide array of audiences could access these pieces; this is an E-Zine that can be picked up by a pair of friends and read on a sofa at your local watering hole…or in a Zoom call together.  

The identity of SPARK is still being forged in the fires of the academy to be a place for BIPOC writers to be seen and heard. At SPARK we seek stories of research and research storied in the experiences of often underrepresented  folks working in the seams of the academy. BIPOC scholars, at SPARK we offer the microphone to your research. We encourage BIPOC scholars from all program areas of the University to contribute their voices to the next volume of SPARK

In Community,

SPARK Editorial Board