EDCP 498: TOTUS Spoken Word Experience (1-credit) is the spoken-word component of the campus-wide INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE CAMPAIGN (ILC) launched Fall 2012 by the Department of Resident Life (DRL) and the Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy office at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park. Made possible by a generous grant from the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
TOTUS is a Latin word meaning: whole, all, total, complete, every part, all together, all at once.
TOTUS will explore marginalized identities and invisible voices in artful depictions of life to catalyze dialogue and action around identity, social justice, positive social change, and lived experience. The underlying goals of ILC and TOTUS are to make purposeful strides towards a more inclusive and “whole” community for all to participate in fully.
TOTUS will meet once a week with 2 practicum experiences consisting of planning/executing a mid-semester spoken word event and showcasing final performances.
Spring 2014 classes will take place on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30PM
Naliyah Kaya is the Coordinator for Multicultural Student Involvement and Community Advocacy. As an educator, Naliyah utilizes poetry as a medium for teaching and social change. She encourages students to utilize artistic expression as they examine their own identity, beliefs, and values and as a form of activism in promoting social justice. She is currently spearheading a new social justice / arts-based programming initiative The MICA Literary Journal, which will publish its first issue in fall 2014.
Naliyah began her journey into the spoken word scene in college when she joined The Dead Poets and began performing throughout the Seattle area. She and fellow poet Alive, would later establish and host Essence of the Soul Open Mic. During this time Naliyah also facilitated a creative writing course for the Black Prisoner’s Caucus at the Washington State Reformatory, which resulted in a poetry compilation entitled It’s Not by Coincidence…It’s by Design as well as a multidimensional presentation of the men’s poetry- Food for the Soul Monroe Poetry Project- designed to bring their voices to the greater community.
Self-described as a “poetic public sociologist,” Naliyah infuses poetry and photography into her sociological work. Her current academic research examines the intersections of spoken word poetry, identity, and social problems. She received a 2012 Eastern Sociological Society travel grant to present her work “Poetic Personas: Self & Society in Spoken Word Performance Culture” at their 82nd annual meeting Storied Lives: Culture, Structure, and Narrative.
A native of Washington State, Naliyah grew up just outside of Seattle. She earned an A.A.S. from Shoreline Community College, a B.A. in sociology from Hampton University, and received her M.A. in sociology at George Mason University, where she is also completing her Ph.D. Her poetry has been published in the award-winning Spindrift Art & Literary Journal (2002, 2010), Hampton University’s literary magazine Saracen (2005, 2006), George Mason University’s Volition (2010) and most recently in Voices of the Future Presented by Etan Thomas (2013).
Jude Paul Dizon is the Coordinator for Asian Pacific American Student Involvement & Advocacy. Jude Paul holds a Master of Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of California-Berkeley. Jude Paul hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was involved in the Pilipin@ community and multiracial coalitions on issues, including access to education, immigrant rights, and labor. He has also spent time abroad as a volunteer in Cambodia and the Philippines. Currently Jude Paul advises Asian American and Pacific Islander student groups, and collaborates with staff to initiate diversity initiatives on campus.