Author: Daymon Kiliman

Daymon has been involved with writing centers since the beginning of his career in education. He currently works as a writing consultant for Purdue University Global and as an adjunct instructor for English composition at the University of Illinois Springfield.

In the early days of the pandemic, fear and uncertainty were felt across many sectors. The material impact to healthcare, income, and educational opportunities differed depending on privilege, but empathy gaps were perhaps more easily traversed because of a basis in collective awareness and experience. Therein lies the threat when we emerge on the other side of this pandemic. We need to tackle the truly difficult work of empathy—traversing wide gaps in experience that stem from inequity. Narrowing those gaps in education will require institutional change, but educators on-the-ground plant the seeds. My goal here is to begin explicating for…

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