The Cube (publishing - process - praxis) is a publishing nexus housed in Michigan State University's Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC). The Cube supports, promotes, and produces open-access works created by diverse members of the mid-Michigan and Michigan State communities. Our publishing focuses on messages of social justice, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. We provide a space for diverse voices to publish and advocate for their work and engage with audiences they would otherwise have difficulty reaching. This Poster, featuring The Cube's director, its graduate assistant, and its lead undergraduate web developer, will provide an overview of the work the Cube does, from brainstorming to final product, and show how we faced adversity and thought creatively in the wake of massive budget cuts to the humanities.
To access a PDF of the "We Are The Cube" poster, click here.
Description of the Poster
This poster is made using something similar to a mind map, with bubbles named “high-impact experiential learning,” “people,” “mentorship and community,” “projects,” “process,” and “skills.” Surrounding those bubbles are smaller bubbles with descriptions (described below).
We are The Cube.
Publishing - Process - Praxis
We are a publishing nexus that supports, promotes, and produces open-access work created by diverse members of the mid-Michigan community, focusing on messages of social justice, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion through high-impact experiential learning. We provide a space for diverse ranges of persons, places, and communities to publish and advocate for their work and to engage with audiences they would otherwise be unable to reach.
High-Impact Experiential Learning Circle:
Mentorship is key. Project proposals come to The Cube via our website; from there, we review projects and hire paid undergraduate and graduate interns to complete the work. At any given time, The Cube has between twelve and twenty interns, and our entire budget is dedicated to labor.
Throughout our processes, students are mentored by faculty members, encouraged to take risks and make mistakes, praised for their good work, and given credit for that work. For a full list of our mentors and interns, see our website: https://thecubemsu.com/.
Experiential learning programs allow students to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes in a safe and supportive environment.
There are two goals. One is to learn the specifics of a particular subject, and the other is to learn about one’s own learning process.
Experiential learning works in four stages:
- concrete learning,
- reflective observation,
- abstract conceptualization, and
- active experimentation.
All of these are key for developing both hard and soft skills, which students will need to be ethical pioneers in their fields and in their communities.
Representative People Circle:
Catherine Davis, User Experience and Design Intern
Shelby Smith, Writing and Editing Intern
Grace Houdek, Graphic Design Intern
Jaclyn Krizanic, Social Media Intern
Jeanetta Mohlke-Hill, Editorial Assistant
Emily Lin, Lead UX Designer
Mitch Carr, Graduate Assistant and Project Coordinator
Kara Headly, Former Social Media Intern
Community & Mentorship Circle:
Dr. Kate Birdsall, Director
Dr. Alexandra Hidalgo, Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Marohang Lumbu, Editor-in-Chief
The Writing Center at MSU
Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC) at MSU
The Current, digital and print magazine
JOGLTEP, academic journal
Constellations, academic journal
Agnes Films, feminist film collective
The Red Cedar review, literary journal
REO Town Reading Series Anthology, digital book
Superheroes Die in the Summer, digital book
Consistent Voice and Branding
UX Design and Engineering
Editing and Writing Style Guides
Develop Professional Portfolio
Human Centered Design
Developmental and Copy Editing
Poster by: Dr. Kate Birdsall, Mitch Carr, and Emily Lin (Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC) Department))