Dr. Wrye Sententia has taught writing for almost 15 years with the University Writing Program.
She holds a Ph.D. in English and a Master's degree in Comparative Literature with additional training in the neuroscience of learning, motivational psychology, multilingual and cultural competency. In the classroom, she works to make learning accessible to all of her students, recognizing that we each hail from a different past and see through different lenses.
Dr. Sententia enjoys helping people to improve their writing and to deepen their understanding of their own writing process. She is committed to helping her students cultivate positive habits and professional success through, and beyond, their writing.
Dr. Sententia advocates for local social justice and promotes wellness from the inside out through targeted volunteering. She believes that by doing what you can from where you are, you can have a positive impact well beyond yourself. She commits six hours each week to supporting community mental health and seeks out opportunities to introduce small groups to wellness training. She guides multilingual, English Language Learner students and their parents in representing their interests to the DJUSD. Dr. Sententia also mentors college students and advanced-degree, immigrant professionals (in the Bay Area and Sacramento regions) to get jobs. She generally enjoys exploring solutions to perceived obstacles, and in helping people to achieve their life goals through inspired projects.
Before joining the University Writing Program (UWP), Dr. Sententia co-founded a national nonprofit, and co-created the term "cognitive liberty." The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) is an educational law and policy center devoted to protecting core personal values (freedom of thought) at the intersection of cutting-edge neuroscience and 21st-century technologies. For the CCLE, she served as a director and principal spokesperson for five years, overseeing interns and fellows and managing a number of core projects. For the CCLE, she worked extensively on neuroethics and public policy, advocating for protected freedoms generally, and for freedom of thought in particular.
Dr. Sententia is married to Richard Glen Boire, Esq., who does less and less law, and more and more art. With her husband, she lives in Davis, California, and is a proud parent of their two curious children, Finn (now at UC Berkeley) and Tesla (named for the inventor, not the car). Together, her family finds inspiration in nature and in doing what they can, to help preserve it.
In 2016, Dr. Sententia was awarded the University of California's Excellence in Teaching Award, a campus recognition that she accepts with gratitude, even as she humbly recognizes the unacknowledged excellence of so many of her colleagues.