"We are UWTacoma" storytelling

August 28, 2019

What does community mean to me?

Some of the stories that we’ve collected as part of this project have come to us through interviews and others have come by way of responses to writing prompts. Below is a creative piece, a poem written by Dani Combs, a 2019 UW Tacoma graduate, that expresses the power of the community built by students on campus. We loved it and wanted to share it alongside all of the other amazing UW Tacoma stories we’ve collected.

 

What does community mean to me? 

 

To start, 

What is “Community”

Well, define for me, if you will, 

 

-Friendship 

-Belonging 

-Openness 

-Honesty 

-Connection 

-Confidantes 

-Familiarity 

-Empowerment 

 

-Sharing Notes 

-Sharing highlighters 

 

-”Did you do the reading?” 

-”Me either” 

 

-”Sorry I’m late, I couldn’t find parking!” 

 

-”I’ll watch you walk to your car” 

 

-”Text me when you get home!” 

 

-”No negativity here!” 

 

-”What happens when we graduate?” 

 

-”Want some cookies? I stressed baked.” 

 

-”Want a bite?”
    “I can’t, I’m on a diet. Do you?!” 

        “I can’t, my diet!” 

 

Now, tell me, if you would be so kind, 

Where is your “community?” 

For Rachel and Haiden