Reciprocity, Engagement, Empowerment
''I don't read such small stuff as letters, I read men and nations.” – Sojourner Truth
The Literacy Commons is a volunteer based organization dedicated to advancing creativity and critical thinking by promoting and practicing the plurality of literacies. Where we are housed within UNCP’s Division of Engaged Outreach, we also partner and work in collaboration with the Public Schools of Robeson County, Robeson Community College, the Lumbee Tribe, and the Native American Interfaith Ministries / the Healing Lodge. Through these partnerships—and with these collaborations—we serve the city of Pembroke and the surrounding Robeson County by offering a multilayered foundation of educational outreach guided by creative and critical thinking—specifically in regards to molding, understanding, nurturing, supporting, and advancing active social engagement, citizenry, and a broad understanding of literacy.
Our Mission, Our Vision
The Literacy Commons is dedicated to promoting the plurality of literacies through cooperation and reciprocity among those who live, work, and attend school in our region. For us, literacy encompasses and engages the ability to create, read, and use various texts for multiple purposes in multiple settings, from understanding the instructions on the back of a medicine bottle to writing a novel to interacting with web-based digital media. Through participant-centered classes and workshops, individualized tutoring, and inspiring and enriching community events and collaborations, The Literacy Commons fosters, advances, and sustains the development and continuation of literacy.