RAsheda Young is an Assistant Teaching Professor for the Writing Program. She played a crucial role in organizing an eight part, virtual, anti-racist discussion for full and part-time Writing Program faculty. She was an active member of the Writing Program’s Curriculum Committee and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. She has presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Jersey English College Association, UCONN, NYU Literary Review, NCTE-AR, TYCA (Two Year College English Association) and BELPaF (Black English Language Professionals and Friends). She held a national leadership position within the Conference on College Composition and Communication as Chair of the Nominating Committee and is currently serving as an Executive Board Member for two standing groups within the Conference on College Composition and Communication: Council of Basic Writing and the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning. Her scholarship focuses on using critical play and contemplative writing pedagogy as instructional strategies to humanize learning experiences for all learners. Her research interests are black feminism, anti-racist pedagogy, contemplative writing pedagogy, critical pedagogy and translingualism. She is a published writer and PhD candidate.